Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Art of Crying
(Kunsten at græde I kor)

Year: 2006
Country: DENMARK
Run Time: 106 minutes

The Art of Crying

Henry wants to kill himself, or at least he says he does nearly every night. While Henry's fed up wife takes sleeping pills to drown out the pathetic blubbering, 11-year-old Allan cannot ignore his father's incessant tears. Allan idolizes Henry, the local milkman, and longs to alleviate his pain. After futile attempts to stop the crying, Allan naively begs for help from his 14-year-old sister Sanne, who somehow always manages to perk up her father. When Sanne refuses to "help" again, Allan takes the matter into his own hands. Soon after, Allan discovers that his father finds solace in bestowing heartrending eulogies that garner the townspeople's respect. To prolong his father's newfound joy, Allan tries anything to keep the funerals coming, and people in this small isolated community start dropping like flies. In Peter Schønau Fog's THE ART OF CRYING, wide-eyed Allan narrates this chillingly black comedy, giving a unique perspective on the dysfunctional habits of his early 1970s Danish family. (In Danish with English subtitles) – E.J.B

CIFF31 Screenings

Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 11:30 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 9:30 PM

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Bo hr. Hansen

Peter Schønau Fog

Thomas Stenderup

Harald Gunnar Paalgard

Anne Østerud

Principal Cast
Jesper Asholt, Hanne Hedelund, Jannik Lorenzen, Julie Kolbech

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