It was the latest in long-running series called Father of Four. As the kids grow up, they just replace them with new actors. The oldest sister, who’s about 20, meets a handsome young man with a guitar.
What struck me watching the movie was that the male romantic lead was visibly shorter than the female lead. I’ve asked my Danish male friends, and they say they’re reacting to Danish women.
In the Danish film, there was no attempt to hide it. I had to admit, I couldn’t focus on the love scene. In Hollywood – or Bollywood – movies, the male actor is taller because he’s supposed to be in charge, the dominant figure. He is a not a Frenchman who will pursue you to the ends of the earth. My Danish male friends say that after offering to be chivalrous a couple of times and getting turned down in a nasty manner, they don’t want to do that any more. But I’ve since established that beautiful young women don’t get whistled at either. Now, I’m a modern woman, and I like a lot of things about these modern men.
He doesn’t send flowers, he doesn’t buy chocolates. But they can occasionally err a bit on the soft side.
Denmark’s feminine tendencies are made clearer by its status as a welfare state.