Teddy Bear (2012)
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The sex and filial troubles of 308-pound persons are not exactly common. But Matthiesen has evoked both the pathos and courage in these troubles, and, with the help of this reticent giant, explores them enticingly.
This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold.
A heart-wrenching central performance anchors Mads Matthiesen's intimate, empathetic drama about a Danish bodybuilder who aims to grow up as he nears middle age.
Matthiesen and his cast have created a believable space, and that ultimately helps give Teddy Bear the tension of a fine suspense film once Kold sits down across the kitchen table from Steentoft to speak his mind at last.
A largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up.
Audience Reviews for Teddy Bear
What an endearing story of a 38 year old gentle giant who finally finds the courage to find love and to face his bitter widowed mother who holds onto him with an iron fist all of these years stunting his emotional/social growth. Not the greatest performances as it is obvious all of these actors are first timers and/or amateurs, but what a revelation Mr, Kim Kold is with his quiet and sweet portrayal of the title character.
This Danish drama is a truly heartwarming look into a genuine-hearted, shy bodybuilder who is looking for love in Thailand. The movie does not provide any suspense or embellishments, which is just excellent, considering that the subject matter is about daily life of ordinary people. No more, no less...
I really enjoyed this movie, it is understated and gentle with a really likable performance from Kim Kold as this giant bodybuilder who's just trying to break free from his domineering mother who guilt trips him into taking care of her even if it means destroying Dennis' chance at creating his life and achieving happiness on his own. What's great about the performance, at least from Dennis' mother, is that she's not over the top, her manipulation is far more subtle and therefore that makes her more effective as a character since she plays the character in a believable manner. And that's the strength of the film, the fact that a lot of the actors cast were pretty much unknown adds believability to the proceedings. As mentioned Kim Kold is has a very likable presence and he does a great job at carrying the film, especially for someone who is as inexperienced as he was at acting. While the character is very much a teddy bear, I think the character isn't as simple as that, he's far more complex at least in the way how he leads a sheltered life as to not upset his mother. A lot of people may not like the movie because it may be slow and when you watch the film it doesn't seem like a lot happened, but I found it interesting and it has some really good storytelling but, again, it's more subtle and understated. It's still a very sweet and gentle story, but it doesn't beat you over the head with it. The movie could've used more comedy, but that's hardly a complaint. I really enjoyed this movie, it isn't perfect but it is damn good.
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