The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) (2007)



Critic Consensus: Bothersome Man is a surreal, comedic meditation, thoughtfully and skillfully made.

Movie Info

A 40-year-old man arrives in a mysteriously idyllic city with no memory of having traveled there, only to realize that there is something decidedly sinister about his emotionally sterile new home in director Jens Lien's surreal, genre-jumping mystery. Shortly after arriving in the curiously colorless city, Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvag) is presented with a new apartment and told to report to the office where his amiable new boss, Håvard (Johannes Joner), will provide him with all the details of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: Per Schreiner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2008
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as Anne Britt

as Ingeborg

as Liten Mann

as Trulsen

as Kollega 1

as Kollega 2
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Critic Reviews for The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

This is a bizarre social satire that mixes the mild-mannered humor of Jacques Tati with stunningly gory slapstick.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[A] pitch-black, bone-dry comedy.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007
AV Club
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A surreal nightmare of gleaming surfaces and razor-sharp edges, The Bothersome Man unfolds in a sterile city where nothing is quite as it seems.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
New York Times
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Director Jens Lien mostly favors the clean and bland, succumbing to much of the same pod-person impassivity that the movie purports to critique.

Full Review… | August 21, 2007
Village Voice
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Made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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Oddball futuristic fun with a serious, if confused, message.

Full Review… | October 28, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen)


This film depicts what I think we will have to face when we pass on, plain and simple boredom. forceful, twisted, bleak, funny and discouraging surrealism.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Beautifully constructed meditation on the point of living and how being immortal might effect it. Clinical cinematography and dry black humour add to the surreal atmosphere. The ending was a bit of a let down though.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

The Bothersome Man is an unusual movie that defies genre categorization to a certain degree, although it's closest to just being a drama. Unfortunately, despite its interesting premise of a man thrust into a bizarre city that could be either heaven or hell, The Bothersome Man doesn't really seem to go anywhere over the course of its runtime, and just when you expect it to end on some extraordinary revelatory note, the ending is just sort of a letdown that leaves the events of the plot completely ambiguous. The Bothersome Man is without a doubt the kind of movie that will divide viewers, thanks largely to its very surreal and thoughtful nature, but I didn't find it to be a worthwhile movie.

Joey Shapiro
Joey Shapiro

Super Reviewer

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