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Flickering Lights (2001)

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.

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Cast

Iben Hjejle
as Therese
Ole Thestrup
as Alfred Jæger
Peter Andersson
as Færingen
Henning Jensen
as Peters Far
Jesper Asholt
as Torkilds Far
Helle Dolleris
as Torkilds Mor
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Critic Reviews for Flickering Lights

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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

August 8, 2003 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

March 27, 2003 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

March 27, 2003 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This impressive debut feature from writer-director Anders Thom as Jensen is decidedly offbeat.

March 27, 2003 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Since the ultimate direction of the gangster plot is obvious from the beginning, the filmmaker is counting on the freshness and unpredictability of such moments to keep us engaged -- a gamble that pays off only modestly.

March 31, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Flickering Lights

Blinkende lygter

So 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 : )
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
Lesley N

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