Family Matters (film)

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Family Matters
Det bli'r i familien
Directed bySusanne Bier
Produced by
Written by
CinematographyErik Zappon
Edited byPernille Bech Christensen
Distributed by
Release date
  • 14 September 1993 (1993-09-14) (Denmark)
  • 7 October 1994 (1994-10-07) (Sweden)
Running time
102 min.

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.


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.



Family Matters continued exploration of complex, tabooed family relations begun in Freud's Leaving Home, including an incestuous relationship between brother and sister.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Overskridelser". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Hun stiller skarpt på familien". Kristeligt Dagblad. Retrieved 6 February 2015.

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