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Teddy Bear (2012)

Teddy Bear (2012)

Teddy Bear



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The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find in Thailand. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. Dennis has never been out traveling before and the hectic Pattaya is a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls give big bruises to Dennis' naive picture of what love should be like, and he is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the Thai woman of his dreams. -- (C) Film Movementmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mads Matthiesen, Martin Zandvliet, Martin Pieter Zandvliet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2013
Box Office: $14.6k
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Kim Kold
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Critic Reviews for Teddy Bear

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

The sex and filial troubles of 308-pound persons are not exactly common. But Matthiesen has evoked both the pathos and courage in these troubles, and, with the help of this reticent giant, explores them enticingly.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

A heart-wrenching central performance anchors Mads Matthiesen's intimate, empathetic drama about a Danish bodybuilder who aims to grow up as he nears middle age.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Matthiesen and his cast have created a believable space, and that ultimately helps give Teddy Bear the tension of a fine suspense film once Kold sits down across the kitchen table from Steentoft to speak his mind at last.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
AV Club
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A largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
New York Times
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A sweetly muted domestic drama struggling to contain a fierce and ancient folk tale.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Teddy Bear


"Teddy Bear" is a good film but not a great one. It was made in Denmark by Mads Matthiesen and stars real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold. It is the first feature film for both Matthiesen and Kold, telling the story of a man approaching age 40 but still trying to break free from the domineering power of his mother.

The most striking thing about the film is the contrast between the main character's physical power -- he truly looks like The Hulk -- and his emotional powerlessness. I very much liked this study in contrasts and the examination of contradictions that often come with hyper-masculinity.

I also liked the hints at the end of why the mother and son are so deeply bonded. I won't reveal the surprises. I'll just say that the man's devotion to his mother appears more comprehensible in the end.

But "Teddy Bear" never really takes your breath away. It's absolutely competent but not much more than that.

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer


What an endearing story of a 38 year old gentle giant who finally finds the courage to find love and to face his bitter widowed mother who holds onto him with an iron fist all of these years stunting his emotional/social growth. Not the greatest performances as it is obvious all of these actors are first timers and/or amateurs, but what a revelation Mr, Kim Kold is with his quiet and sweet portrayal of the title character.


This Danish drama is a truly heartwarming look into a genuine-hearted, shy bodybuilder who is looking for love in Thailand. The movie does not provide any suspense or embellishments, which is just excellent, considering that the subject matter is about daily life of ordinary people. No more, no less...

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