How to Get Rid of the Others (2007)





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Left at a loss as to what measures must be taken in order to save their crumbling society, the Danish government enacts martial law and begins systematically executing tax evaders, welfare abusers, and various other inexpedient citizens in director Anders Ronnow Klarlund's blackly comic satire. The time is the not-too-distant future, and the "New Copenhagen Criteria" has finally been enacted. A government mandated system in which any citizen deemed a drain on the state is classified as expendable has found a large collection of potential deadbeats rounded up for questioning in a make-shift Guantanamo Bay-style prison camp constructed on the site of a commandeered elementary school. Their interrogator: Major Christian Andersson (Søren Pilmark), a ruthless judge, jury, and executioner whose activities are monitored by wishy-washy Parliament representative Folke (Soren Fauli). After forcing a false confession from artist-turned-bureaucrat (Tommy Kenter) and then putting a bullet in his head, Major Andersson finds his trigger-happy ways thwarted by the very woman who drafted the disastrous criteria. Though currently being detained in the schoolyard and awaiting judgment, suspected welfare abuser Belinda (Louise Mieritz) is actually former civil servant Sidse, the mastermind of the "New Copenhagen Criteria." Aghast at what has become of her well-intending plan, Sidse soon aligns herself with a fearless group of rebels while coaching her fellow detainees in implementing a legal loophole that may just help them escape execution.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Søren Pilmark
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A wonderful Danish black comedy with one hell of a hook and ideal performances all-around.

William Goss
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This movie was great! It opens on a lady in a motor scooter that has pooped out in the country. She calls for help and is promptly surrounded by a swat team that dangles her and her scooter from a copter. With that comedic wink, one knows that you shouldn't take it all so seriously... but the topic takes over and one is left contiplating... as Vinnie Jones says in Survive Style 5+, "What is your function in life?" There is one girl who we never understand why she's there... its alluded to that she is just born dumb...but the rest, I felt guilty because, in a way I too could justify their demise... what an ugly feeling, luckily I understand that, unlike the public servent sent to take care of the job. Without sharing too much, Sidse's "Hail Hitler" was a very loving act that she did for a boy who probably hasn't had too much love in his life, even though he probably wouldn't have been aware of it.

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