Teddy Bear (2012)



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The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find in Thailand. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. Dennis has never been out traveling before and the hectic Pattaya is a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls give big bruises to Dennis' naive picture of what love should be like, and he is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the Thai woman of his dreams. -- (C) Film Movement
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Kim Kold
as Dennis
Kritsanai Promsiriruk
as Miss Mayflower
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Critic Reviews for Teddy Bear

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
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This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
AV Club
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A largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up.

August 21, 2012
New York Times
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A sweetly muted domestic drama struggling to contain a fierce and ancient folk tale.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
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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.

Ching Tan
Ching Tan

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...

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

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.

Jesse Ortega
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