Flickering Lights (2001)
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as Alfred Jæger
as Peters Far
as Peters Mor
as Torkilds Far
as Torkilds Mor
Critic Reviews for Flickering Lights
Mostly, it exults in its inspired potential rather than any brilliant results.
A bleak male-bonding comedy that's a queasy blend of brutal humor and escalating sentimentality, it is overlong, heavy-handed, slow and unpersuasive.
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.
This impressive debut feature from writer-director Anders Thom as Jensen is decidedly offbeat.
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.
Audience Reviews for Flickering Lights
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.
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.
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