Anne KÖHNCKE (Final Cut for Real), Signe BYRGE SØRENSEN (Final Cut for Real)
The Kid and the Clown tells the story of the relationship between a young boy Tobias and Angus, the hospital clown, as they spend days together at the cancer ward at a Danish hospital. It is a story about magic, bubbles and friendship, but also one of tears, pain and the unbearable feeling of uncertainty.
Like a hospital priest, a hospital clown has to deal with insufferable situations on a daily basis, and only through little tricks can Angus turn the roughest situations into games and joy.
One of the children at the cancer ward is Tobias, who we follow from being initially admitted, through relapses and failed treatments, to being allowed to go home over a 1 ½ year later. Tobias is a precocious and sensitive six year-old by the time he falls ill and celebrates his 7th birthday at the cancer ward. At that age every month spent in a hospital is a lifetime. Angus the clown provides a safe haven for Tobias - he sees the world from Tobias' point of view.
The director Ida Grøn captures the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped in the hospital where the hospital clown becomes like a magical breath of life. The film is a strong piece of evidence of the importance of humor in healing, as well as the universal need to reach each other through humor and laughter - to let go and share a moment in spite of the serious circumstances.