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Drama, International, Danish

A Fortunate Man (Lykke-per)

In the late 19th century, Peter Sidenius is an ambitious young man from a devout Christian family in Western Denmark, who travels to the Danish capital of Copenhagen to study engineering, rebelling against his clergyman father.

A Fortunate Man (Lykke-per)


On his quest for happiness, Per moves from the dark region of Jutland and a severe upbringing in a strictly religious home. He runs away from his family and his patriarch father, a priest, and sets sail towards Copenhagen to become an engineer and implement a large energy project. In the capital, Per throws himself into the big city life and with an appetite for life and joy, he soon finds himself in an unconcerned and vivid social environment. Parallel to his studies, he works on a large and visionary energy project based on wind and wave energy. As he gets his projects up and running and is about to marry into a rich Jewish family, he quickly climbs the social ladder. But Per’s childhood keeps haunting him and his dogmatic family cannot accept his new life and Jewish fiancée.

  • Director Bille August
  • Writer Anders Frithiof August, Bille August
  • Producers Thomas Heinesen, Karin Trolle
  • Cast Julie Christiansen, Anders Hove, Jens Albinus, Esben Smed Jensen
  • Runtime 162mins
  • Country Denmark

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