Portuguese WriterLars Kjeldgaard, Philip Zanden Release date14 September 1993 (1993-09-14) (Denmark)
7 October 1994 (1994-10-07) (Sweden)
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Family Matters is a 1993 Danish-Swedish-Portuguese drama film directed by Susanne Bier. Its original Danish title is Det bli'r i familien, which literally means "It stays in the family". The film stars Philip Zandén, Ghita Nørby, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, and Ana Padrao.
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On her deathbed Jan's mother tells him that he is adopted and that his biological mother is called Lilli. Jan seeks Lilli, who turns out to be an eccentric actress, and together they taxi to Portugal to find Jim's biological father. The mother and son get to know each other's good and bad sides, and on arrival in the south, Jan finds both the love of his life and his sister.
Philip Zandén as Jan
Ghita Nørby as Jan's mother
Ernst-Hugo Järegård as Håkon Borelius (as Ernst-Hugo)
Ana Padrão as Constanca
Anna Wing as The Grandmother
Bodil Udsen as Ingrid
Filipe Ferrer as Frederico
Claus Nissen as The Taxidriver
Charlotte Sieling as Nurse
Birgitte Simonsen as Elisabeth
Ann Christine Simonsen as Eva (as Ann Kristine Simonsen)
Henrik Larsen (actor) as Bedemand
Helene Egelund as Lena
Isabel de Castro as Abbedisse
Laurinda Ferreira as Hotel Receptionist
Family Matters continued exploration of complex, tabooed family relations begun in Freud's Leaving Home, including an incestuous relationship between brother and sister.