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Since the failure of his small business, Victor has become a household tyrant, constantly complaining and criticising his long-suffering family. The saintly forbearance of his wife Ida (the enchanting Astrid Holm) seems only to drive Victor to ever more petty and vindictive acts of domestic tyranny.
His behaviour is watched with increasing fury by his old nanny, Mads, who finally persuades Ida to go to her mother's for a much-needed rest. Left at the mercy of the formidable Mads, Victor soon begins to realise the error of his ways and to fully appreciate the value of his wife.
A charming, richly detailed comedy of domestic manners, by turns funny, intensely emotional and deeply affecting.