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The story opens with Ole returning, drunk and disorderly, to his first wife, Susanna and her sister, having been thrown out by his second wife, Nanna. She had grown tired of him and moved on to a new relationship with a colleague. Nanna has a very tight prenuptial in place and Ole finds himself ruined and on the street. Susanna impatiently allows him to stay in the garden cottage to sort himself out.
Events lurch along in drunken escapades, revealing the complicated relationships that arise between men and women, their children and their children’s lovers, exacerbated by alcohol abuse. There are touching scenes amongst the darkly ironic humour that make this a lively romp through Copenhagen’s upper and lower economic strata.

Susanna plays the aloof puppeteer’s role in all this. She has dealt a cold hand to start with, but sometimes, destiny has a surprising card up her sleeve.
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