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Blinkende Lygter (Flickering Lights) (2001)



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A career criminal stumbles upon his big chance to get out of the business, though not everyone thinks it's such a good idea, in this witty thriller. Torkild (Soren Pilmark) is the leader of a band of small-time crooks; having just celebrated his 40th birthday (which coincided with his being dumped by his girlfriend), Torkild is looking to land a big score so he can get out of the business. While trying to map out a major heist, a guy known as the Man From Faro (Peter Anderson) approaches Torkild with a job -- he needs someone to steal a bag for him. Torkild and his cronies are up for the job, but they soon discover that a team of security guards is on hand to make sure the bag isn't stolen, and one of Torkild's friends is wounded in a shootout. After they've made their getaway, Torkild discovers why everyone was fighting over the bag -- it contains over four million kroner ($500,000 in American currency) -- and he and his partners decide they're not keen on turning it over to the Man From Faro. After their car breaks down, Torkild and company happen upon an old restaurant that's up for sale, and they decide to use their newfound wealth to buy it and go into business -- which would be complicated enough without the arrival of the Man From Faro, who wants to know what happened to the money he hired Torkild to steal. Blinkende Lygter also stars Iben Hjejle, who gained the attention of American audiences as John Cusack's love interest in the film High Fidelity. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Anders Thomas Jensen
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On DVD: Mar 25, 2003

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Iben Hjejle
as Therese
Peter Andersson
as The Man From Faro
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Critic Reviews for Blinkende Lygter (Flickering Lights)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

It's funny and violent and fast and, er, Danish.

Full Review… | August 8, 2003
Washington Post
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Mostly, it exults in its inspired potential rather than any brilliant results.

August 8, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

A bleak male-bonding comedy that's a queasy blend of brutal humor and escalating sentimentality, it is overlong, heavy-handed, slow and unpersuasive.

Full Review… | March 27, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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The personality conflicts among the four seem a bit formulaic, as do the flashbacks explaining why each turned to crime, but the narrative is inventive enough to sustain interest.

Full Review… | March 27, 2003
Chicago Reader
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This impressive debut feature from writer-director Anders Thom as Jensen is decidedly offbeat.

Full Review… | March 27, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Blinkende Lygter (Flickering Lights)

Blinkende lygterSo what's with all of the animal slaughter? I have this theory that the Danish film industry is trying to corner the "quirky" market. If they want to do that, and if they want to keep the fans they have, they'd better think twice about their treatment of animals on screen. Any point that could be made in this movie could have been made without killing a single animal. Quirky? How about irritating.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Four Danish criminals hide out from their boss The Eskimo in a dilapidated country restaurant after pocketing the loot from the latest job. Made by Anders Thomas Jensen (ADAM'S APPLES),it's an entertaining mixture of sentimentality, comedy, brutish violence and Danishness.

Lesley N

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I was hoping for a hilarious black comedy in vein of "Adam's Apples" and with excellent Danish cast, how could you go wrong. Well... the story seemed familiar and the jokes were not that funny. The "flashbacks" didn't really work and added little to the movie. I did get a few chuckles, but in the end this was disappointing.

Gabriel Knight

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