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Teddy Bear Reviews

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January 31, 2015
Evocative. sweet movie about finding love in a rough world. Kim Kold is a professional body builder with the soft, squishy spirit of a teddy bear, hence the movie's name.
July 27, 2014
a very likeable story with some good acting in it
½ April 30, 2014
touching story of shyness, love, and moving forward with life
February 19, 2014
Matthiesen won the directing award in the category "World Cinema - Dramatic" for Teddy Bear at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the same category, at the Sundance Festival.
½ January 11, 2014
When love and protein mix together. 3.5 out of 5.
½ November 20, 2013
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.
October 20, 2013
Very interesting, yet sad story of getting independent from over-protective (if it's strong enough word to reflect the situation) parent, only after becoming middle aged. Very nice piece of European cinema.
½ August 22, 2013
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...
June 22, 2013
If you don't like this movie you're wrong.
½ June 16, 2013
I love the irony in this film. Big brawny Dennis is just a timid little softie when it comes to love. If this film were to play it straight, as in big brawny lunk heads to Pattaya for pussy then it would be tired an cliché. You could just call it the Tim "Sharky" Ward show. However the chosen dynamic works much better in the same way that Bullhead worked with a similar subject.
Super Reviewer
½ June 2, 2013
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.
May 24, 2013
Touching, heart warming, sad and sparse. Yes it is slow, but you can't help but feel for the character of Dennis as he goes about living his lonely shy life being controlled my his aging mother, plus his physique is something to behold, he is just so impressively massive, especially next to his two female costars.
May 21, 2013
Touching story, decently directed, but not that impressive in the end.
May 16, 2013
An actual bodybuilding movie played by actual professional bodybuilders who can really act, one of the greatest movies ever!
May 16, 2013
one of the best foriegn films ive ever seen, besides the girl with the dragon tattoo, danish and sewdish films are out standing...
May 15, 2013
4-4.5 STARS. Great film; endearing, heartbreaking, heartwarming ...
½ May 4, 2013
In 2007 director Mads Matthiesen directed a short film about a middle-aged bodybuilder who breaks the shackles imposed on him by his dominating mother. Bodybuilder Kim Kold played the protagonist Dennis wonderfully. 5 Years later Matthiesen completed "Teddy Bear," a full-length feature based on the short film, still starring Kold.

The story begins in Copenhagen where Dennis and his mother attend a family wedding. The groom is Dennis's uncle, the bride a woman he found in Thailand. Due to his mother, Dennis has never had a girflriend, and the wedding sparks in him a plan. He tells his mother he's going to a weightlifting competition in Germany, but in fact he reserves a flight ticket to Pattaya.

Having lived an overprotected life, the wild night life of a metropolis shocks Dennis, and soon he finds that a nocturnal world of sex workers and women desperate for a chance for a better life is far from offering the companionship he desires. Giving up, he does what he always does; buys a gym membership and starts lifting. The owner of the gym, a strong independant woman named Toi, takes genuine interest in Dennis. What ensues is an awkward beginning of a relationship between people from different worlds, one still completely innocent and timid.

"Teddy Bear" sounds like a cute romantic movie, but Matthiesen realizes his admittably endearing story through contemplative realism that relies on plausible psychological drama. The stifling relationship between Dennis and his mother is explored in strong, hopeless scenes where both actors shine. Elsebeth Steentoft is amazing in her portrayal of Dennis's mother Ingrid. She projects deep vulnerability and needy, yet cold dominance in a chilling manner.

Then there are the themes of sex tourism and more broadly the phenomena associated with the economical neoimperialism that has its grip on the poor of Thailand and other places. The Pattayan night flashes beautifully in a rainbow of colors, but just underneath the flashy facade looms a mix of desperation, hope and determination; the reality of a place relying on prostitution as a means of income that represents a means of escape to a better world. The film doesn't condescend or needlessly victimize, but it points out the moral ambiquities that run the economy in many places around the globe.

"Teddy Bear" is a fine example of a potentially unremarkable story that has been gardened into relevant social commentary and truly touching, analytical and thought-provoking drama. The film gets intimate with its characters and evolves through scenes that are immersed in melancholy. Yet the overall tone is hopeful and deeply human.
April 27, 2013
Very weird premise but not a bad movie. But not that great either. A bit too simple-minded.
½ April 7, 2013
Interesting, pretty captivating character piece. And quite charming at times.

The character interactions are visceral. The story is unique and captivating. The story line takes a slow and purposeful pace.
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