You Can’t Eat Fishing

A boy with great ideas and a girl with ambitions for him. A great cocktail – or is it?

You Can’t Eat Fishing

You Can’t Eat Fishing

What happens when a female Polish capitalist meets two lazy Danish welfare state boys? On a job activation trip to Poland Jens meets Renata. He tells her he is a design student and that he has won a “most promising designer” award.

The truth is that he has been kicked out of design school and is now on welfare. One day she turns up on his doorstep in Copenhagen, carrying a huge suitcase. She moves in, and they embark on a relationship.

But Renata soon finds out that Jens doesn’t do much apart from fishing, drinking beer and dreaming of his big breakthrough – all in all a nice, cushy life financed by the state. But Renata has other plans. She has the initiative that Jens is lacking and she pushes Jens forwards, managing to sell his lamp design to a fashionable lamp store.

But Jens is long lost in the welfare system and doesn’t see the need for ambition; he has completely lost his instinct for self-preservation. And just as Renata is about to get him on the right track he lets himself get distracted, and instead of making lamps, Jens is once again glued to the TV with a beer in his hand.

Director Kathreine Windfeld
Producer Malene Flindt Pedersen
Produced by Angel Film & Lyd for Dansk Novellefilm
Duration 34 min.
Year of Production 1999
Original Title You Can't Eat Fishing
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