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The Contest

  • 42 mins
  • 96%
  • 12+
  • Denmark FlagDKDenmark
  • 2014
  • Dramas
  • Foreign

In a seemingly harmonic home Emma lives with her mom, dad and her dog Sif. But Emma's dad, Martin, drinks during the day and Emma is clearly affected by this. Emma tries to stop her dad's alcohol abuse herself by draining his alcohol supplies, but only to discover her dad's inner dark demons. In an attempt to escape from the daily distress Emma starts training her dog Sif for the dog training contest at her uncle Karl's countryside house. The day comes when Emma and Sif are ready to attend the dog training contest, but when Emma's dad drives under the influence and gets them both involved in a minor car accident, Emma decides to seek help in her new-found friend Karl. Karl and Emma join forces and Karl shows up the day of the competition to take Emma to the final exam instead of Martin. The rejection of his own daughter pushes Martin over the edge and he disappears to the family's summerhouse where he tries to drink his sorrows away. On the way home from the successfully completed contest, Emma's mom calls worrying about her dad's disappearing. Emma's mom, Karl and Emma drive to the summerhouse where Emma's mom finally acknowledges the issue that Emma's has been trying to handle all along Emma's mom demands that Martin seeks professional help. In an open ending Martin is left alone in the driveway to compete against his alcohol abuse.