The Green Butchers (2004)
This black comedy from Denmark involves the exploits of Bjarne and Svend, two friends who go into the meat-cutting business together only to see their venture fail miserably. But when Svend starts experimenting with a strange new culinary concoction, business picks up -- but they find that getting ahold of their "secret ingredient" will be more of a challenge than they thought.
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Critic Reviews for The Green Butchers
For a comedy, that most culturally-specific of genres, the Danish production travels remarkably well
Denmark may not have any Coen brothers, but it does have one Anders Thomas Jensen, and he's more than enough.
...considering the premise, this is a remarkably accessible little film.
The subject is so grim you may find that you've forgotten to laugh.
Isn't for all tastes, but it's well worth digging into -- if you've got the stomach for it.
Gruesome as it may sound, Butchers is a likeable, well-made film and a genuine comedy.
You might not want to dine with this group, especially if they brought the meat. But it's OK to play with the knives a little.
While it's got a refreshingly dry, nasty tone, the film is never quite as funny as it needs to be.
A dark comedy whose story is propelled by shock but sustained by issues of love and forgiveness.
Neither funny nor outrageous nor horrifying nor conventionally affecting.
You might say it's a case of too many ingredients spoiling the meal.
Mines the deep vein of flat-out weirdness that runs through an apparently sleepy, picturesque Danish community.
Nither high flying enough for the art house nor low down enough for the cult-video shelf.
Great hapless performances by the leads keep things running even when the script decides to turn sentimental, threatening to make mincemeat out of the nasty fun.
Jensen's tone is admirably dry, and the film offers its pleasures through small, writerly details.
A sort of reverse Dogme movie, set in a slightly surreal world where everyone and everything is just a bit off-kilter.
Audience Reviews for The Green Butchers
This is a huge surprise. I have to say that I believe this might be the first Danish film I've ever seen in my life. I'll be looking for more. A beautiful mix of dark comedy and the seriously elevating power of love. In the end, this is less a comedy than it is a moving portrayal of forgiveness in the wake of tragedy. Just a fascinating mix. I can't even think of a film, off the top of my head, where such an emotional blend is achieved in such an interesting way. Flixsters, this is a must-see.NB: If you do watch this, be prepared to deploy a healthy willing suspension of disbelief.More
Best foreign movie around. Even though it was in another language, I laughed the whole time. Sven Sveat!More
The second out of three films directed by Danish Anders Thomas Jensen and my second favourite after ADAM'S APPLES. Equally dark, equally funny, equally unlikeable-yet-somehow-likeable characters (this time its two butchers butchering acquaintances to keep the business open). The plot is just as wonky as his other films, just slightly less unexpected. But thats a minor quibble, like comparing pigs to pigs when you love pigs. Just watch and enjoy, it's way past time the man directed another one.More
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