Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) 2010

Terribly Happy

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Led by Henrik Ruben Ganz's assured direction, this knotty Danish noir thriller steers audiences into some nicely unexpected territory.

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Robert (Jakob Cedergren) -- a timid Copenhagen city policeman -- is reassigned to protect and serve in a sleepy town in rural Denmark. But Robert struggles to maintain order in his new jurisdiction, a lawless place where the only rules are those dictated -- and enforced -- by local thug and serial wife-beater Jorgen (Kim Bodnia). As the indifferent townspeople dismiss Robert's laughable attempts at police work, he nurses a fixation with Jorgen's sexpot spouse, Ingerlise (Lene Maria Christensen).

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  • Aug 19, 2011
    Terribly Happy is a Danish film about small town paranoia with echoes of The Coen Bros. film, Blood Simple. Although based on a true story, it also borrows a tiny bit from other films here and there. However, Terribly Happy still delivers and is clever and entertaining. Not a lot happens during the course of the film, but that lends to noirish feeling it gives off while the central character, Robert, tries to make sense of it all. The acting is pretty good and the damp country-side setting reminds you that real help is far away. It was cool to see Kim Bodnia (Pusher) in a different, yet, very tense role. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view&current=terribly_happy02.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/terribly_happy02.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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  • Jul 12, 2011
    Clever, well paced, and much better than i expected, I found Terribly Happy to be enjoyable in the tradition of movies such as Blood Simple and I Walk The Line.
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  • Jun 29, 2011
    I mean, if you are into these slick foreign thrillers that are so desperately trying to live up to their American influences (in the case of "Terribly Happy" it's the Coen Brothers) who are not concerned with forging their own identity then you will certainly enjoy this.... but I didn't, really.
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2010
    A little gem of a Danish picture which I watched subtitled in English. Both clever and entertaining, this film excels in a strong plot and characterisations. Casting and performances are spot on bringing to life the somewhat strange goings-on in its remote and atmospheric setting. Don't be put off by the subtitles - it's a good one.
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