The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) (2007)
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Critic Reviews for The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen)
This is a bizarre social satire that mixes the mild-mannered humor of Jacques Tati with stunningly gory slapstick.
[A] pitch-black, bone-dry comedy.
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.
Director Jens Lien mostly favors the clean and bland, succumbing to much of the same pod-person impassivity that the movie purports to critique.
Made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy.
Audience Reviews for The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen)
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.
I liked this movie, probably not as much as I expected but I definitely enjoyed the surreal humor and the satire. I think the movie is perfectly paced, I think it always manages to hold your attention and you're invested in trying to figure out what the hell is going on in this place. It's definitely cool that the story didn't really reveal a lot of details of how Andreas got to this place, what this place really is, and why it's so colorless yet so perfect in some ways. It's definitely open to interpretation. For example you could argue that the world Andreas is in purgatory since, at the end *SPOILERS*, he got sent to a FAR worse place than he was for causing too much trouble. Therefore it's another level of purgatory. Of course, and again, the movie open to interpretation. So yea I liked this movie, it's unique and fresh with some interesting ideas on the emptiness of life. While I felt it could've been better, it's still worth watching.
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.
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