By Charlotte SIELING

THE MATCH FACTORY - as SALES All rights, World

unknown - Completed 2009

ABOVE THE STREET BELOW THE WATER is a film about the adult generation of today. A generation for whom everything is possible. The sky is the limit but all choices have consequences...

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • unknown
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • DANISH
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Charlotte SIELING
    • Writer(s)
    • Charlotte SIELING, Yaba HOLST
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/D7D0-8C6F-264E-B9D9-6DA8-F
    • Producer(s)
    • Bo EHRHARDT (Nimbus Film Productions ApS), Lars Bredo RAHBEK (Nimbus Film Productions ApS)
    • Synopsis
    • Ask (Nicolas Bro) is married to Anne (Sidse Babett Knudsen).They have everything a couple could want. Good careers, lovely children, an apartment in Christianshavn, and each other. All is as it should be in a modern family faced with juggling work schedules, child rearing, and not least of all love.
      Nevertheless, Anne's career as an actress and Ask's career as a photographer make their lives so difficult that they need to seek the help of couples' therapist Charlotte (Ellen Nyman). This morning at the therapist's place Anne learns that Ask wants a break. Why? Is he seeing another woman?
      During the subsequent course of 24 hectic hours Anne can focus on nothing. Not her opening night in "Hamlet" at the Royal Theatre nor her 6 year old son Anton whom she forgets to pick up from school. When her teenage daughter Irina confides she may be pregnant, Anne succumbs to a total breakdown.
      Meanwhile, Ask is ready to commit to his mistress Bente (Ellen Hillingsø) - a journalist he has kept waiting for several years. Bente is ecstatic about the possibility of finally moving together with Ask.
      Bente's ex-husband Bjørn (Anders W. Berthelsen), lives on a houseboat drowning his sorrow in beer and missing Bente more than he should. Mooring just outside Charlotte's window their paths cross when Charlotte sails her kayak in the canals of Copenhagen.
      Having just witnessed the break-up between Ask and Anne, Charlotte finds herself a potential but involuntary saviour of Bjørn. Charlotte is married to head of the Royal Theatre Carl (Niels Ole Oftebro). He loves her more than anything but finds it impossible to keep away from other women. When Bjørn enters the stage, Charlotte is suddenly the one in need of help.
      Bjørn and Bente's teenage son Gustav works as a bricklayer's apprentice along with Irina's boyfriend Fadi. And finally, Fadi and Irina need to figure out if bringing a baby into a world as insane as this is truly a good idea. What if the vicious circle is never broken; what if children always end up making the same mistakes as their parents?