Love by Mail Order

NEW FILM. As Barbara Streisand sings, love comes from the most unexpected places. In Frederikke Aspöck's second feature, it comes by mail order from the Philippines – and from a father's bedroom.

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"Rosita" Framegrab

Johannes lives with his father, the middle-aged widower Ulrik, in a small fishing town. They live a life of quiet routine, each minding their separate jobs in the fishing industry. Ulrik misses the love and tenderness of a woman and arranges for the young, beautiful Filipina, Rosita, to come to Denmark – as many other men in town have done before him. Johannes is reluctantly drawn in as Ulrik's translator.

"I insist that even in the most impossible life situations, there is always a gleam of hope."

"It's becoming more and more common for Asian women to marry European men in modern marriages of convenience," says Frederikke Aspöck. "But what happens when you have to share your home and your bed with a complete stranger? With Rosita, I have tried to give the transnational bride phenomenon heart and life in a story full of great emotions and timid men."

The domestic triangle heats up over the following weeks, as Johannes and Rosita become more and more attracted to each other. Johannes, whose life has always been characterised by routine and habit, is shaken by the encounter with the clever and determined Rosita, who has come to Denmark for a better life.

"Until Johannes meets Rosita, he has always just gone with the flow, like all the other men in town. But love awakens him, and for the first time, he is forced to take control over his life," says Aspöck.

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Father and son in love with the same woman? Smells like trouble. But even though Johannes and Ulrik both suffer, Aspöck considers their experience to be positive.

"I insist that even in the most impossible life situations, there is always a gleam of hope. Their love for the same woman shakes them both out of a predetermined trajectory. No matter how problematic it is to get involved in a relationship with your father's wife, love is a privilege, and Johannes', Rosita's and Ulrik's lives will forever be richer."

Rosita stars Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as Johannes. Følsgaard won the Silver Bear for Best Actor in Berlin 2012 for his first film role as king in Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair. Playing his father Ulrik is Jens Albinus (Nymphomaniac), and Mercedes Cabral (Serbis, Kinatay) is Rosita. Produced by Nordisk Film.

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