Comedy - Pre-Production 2013

“Unemployment has its benefits”

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Comedy
    • Countries
    • SWEDEN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Producer(s)
    • Mirijam JOHANSSON (Wanted Pictures), Håkan BJERKING (Eyefeed), Steve AALAM (Wanted Pictures), Daniel FRIDELL (Wanted Pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • 30 year old MAX PERSSON has turned living off government benefits into an art form. The money he amasses he spends living the high-life in the posh part of town hanging out with the jet-set crowd. To his jet-set buddies he pretends that he is a succesful entrepeneur, yet he never invites them home, because that would blow his cover, he’s living in a small studio apartment in an immigrant suburb, and not downtown like all of his friends. Max has just one small dillemma, Midsummer’s eve is approaching and he has promised his buddies and a hot jet-set chick named Sofia that he is going to have his yacht ready in time for them to party on.
      Max manages to solve that by getting on to full time disability assistance and goes out to celebrate with his buddies. At the nightclub he sees a cute girl, AMINA, hanging out by the bar and gets her to dance with him. After the dance he tries to schmooze her with Champagne, but when Amina asks him what he works with Max blurts out that working is for fools. Amina is annoyed by his attitude and takes off. Monday morning Max is back in his wheel chair rolling into the county wellfare and assistance office when disaster strikes, his administrator has been transferred to another welfare office and a new person has taken his place, it’s Amina from the Night Club. Max has been discovered…
      “The Welfare King” is a romantic comedy about the welfare state and living off benefits. It’s a story of a parasite who finds a heart and learns the true meaning of community service.