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A young woman, Kaisa promises her dying mother, that she will travel from Scotland to Norway to find her estranged father and bring him home.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Moland ... has a fine eye for landscapes, but an even surer touch with actors."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"[A] frank father-daughter drama."
‑ Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz
"The movie is to be admired for refusing to romanticize alcoholism and for finding, in its bleak story, much humor and emotion."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"A strangely lyrical tale of addiction and family distance."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Hans Petter Moland avoids the usual movie cliches of addiction and abuse in his fierce, discomforting portraits..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Grips us precisely because its actors are so utterly absorbed in their roles, so unfettered and nakedly expressive."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A raw, harrowing film with a streak of dark, sometimes rowdy humor."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Contrived or not, anything that stirs raw emotions as Aberdeen does is worth a viewing."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Evokes the long, lonesome noir tableaux of American painter Edward Hopper."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The material is treated with such brutal honesty and the performances are so strong that it actually makes what should be stale material look fresh."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"An uncompromising family tale, one that's dark but lyrical and moving in its rendering of the ties that bind even the most dysfunctional families, despite valiant efforts to destroy them."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"Clean and transparent, with no movie director tricks."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"A gripping film about the tattered ties of familial love that matter even to ferociously wayward and addicted individuals."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The acting alone can't fill the motivational gaps."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"For all its attempts at bending the rules, Aberdeen still comes off as frustratingly conventional."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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