“Count Axel” is a disrespectful, historical comedy that takes place at the estate of Læsnæsholm in ‘seventeen hundred-and-something’. The peasants hoe beets when they are not being beaten or punished in various ways, until the day when Axel passes himself off as the heir to the estate. With a little ’modern management’ and his new invention ’the scratch ticket’, Axel wins the heart of the local beauty as well as the peasants’ voluntary submission. But what will he do when the real count returns to his estate?
“Count Axel” is an almost Holberg-like comedy of errors, with strong modern elements of ribald humour and satire.