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On his quest for happiness, Per decides to leave Jutland and an upbringing in a strict religious home. He runs from his family and his patriarch father, and sets sail towards Copenhagen to become an engineer. Parallel to his studies, he works on a visionary energy project based on wind and wave energy, a project so much ahead of its time, that professors consider him insane and far too self-confident. However, Per’s project becomes a success and he marries the beautiful Jakobe who is a part of a wealthy Jewish family. One would imagine that Per’s happiness now is made. But Per’s childhood keeps haunting him and his dogmatic family cannot accept his new life. Despite his luck and success, Per is unable to fully cut the strings to his strict religious background, and he now fears that he will repeat his father’s patriarchist behavior.

  1. Bille August

    Director, Writer

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  1. Esben Smed Jensen

    Esben Smed Jensen


  2. Julie Christiansen

    Julie Christiansen

    Nanny Salomon

  3. Jens Albinus

    Jens Albinus

    Eberhardt Sidenius

  4. Rasmus Bjerg

    Rasmus Bjerg


  5. Anders Hove

    Anders Hove

    Pastor Sidenius

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A Fortunate Man
A Fortunate Man


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Original Title Lykke-Per

Status Released

Release Information

  • August 30, 2018


    Not recommended for children under 7.

Original Language Danish

Runtime 2h 42m

Budget -

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