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Life as a grown-up

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Xenia and Mathias are both 23 years old. The couple lives in Bagsværd, a suburb to Copenhagen, and now they are expecting their first child. They are excited, but everyday life will soon take its toll on them. 

Xenia and Mathias are both 23 years old. The couple lives in Bagsværd, a suburb to Copenhagen, and now they are expecting their first child. They are excited, but everyday life will soon take its toll on them. 

Both Xenia and Mathias come from dysfunctional families and suffered severe neglect. They both had to grow up too fast, so what kind of parents will they be? They are intent on breaking the cycle of neglect, but they are up against a heavy load of baggage. For one they find it difficult to organise and clean their home. So when Xenia goes into labour prematurely at 24 weeks, and gives birth to a tiny boy, everything intensifies further. On top of multiple hospitalisations, incubators, and fear, the young couple feels under scrutiny by the social services, who is following their every attempt to become “real adults.” Xenia and Mathias just want a normal, harmonious life, but instead they have to battle the authorities, bad habits and a general lack of ability to complete even the most basic of tasks such as food shopping and cleaning. 

Facts
Original titel: 
Rigtig Voksen
Year of production: 
2017
Length: 
75/42
Genre: 
Documentary Film
Cast: 
Xenia Almdal Mathias Adler Nielsen
Director: 
Anders Gustafsson
Script Writer: 
Anders Gustafsson
Producer: 
Helle Faber
Cinematographer: 
Anders Löfstedt Anders Gustafsson Sara Jane Del Castillo Andrea Storm Henriksen Emil Langballe
Editor: 
Rebekka Lønqvist
Sound: 
Sune Kaarsberg
Music: 
Sune Kølster
Graphics: 
Jesper Frydenlund
In co-production with: 
TV2 & The Danish Film Institute
Festivals
CPH:DOX 2017
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
Contact
Festival distribution: 
kurstein@dfi.dk
International sales: 
kim@drsales.dk
All other queries: 
hello@madeincopenhagen.dk