Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)


Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 47


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Robert has a number of skeletons in his cupboard, which he is determined to bury. Although, hardly his dream job, Robert sees the position of temporary village constable as a necessary stage on the road to rehabilitation. He just needs to do well and generally behave by the book. However, village life and the macabre provincial order turn out to be difficult to fit into Robert's plans. Nothing is ever straightforward, and certainly not when you are way out in the countryside.

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Jakob Cedergren
as Robert Hansen
Lene Maria Christensen
as Ingerlise Buhl
Kim Bodnia
as Jørgen Buhl
Lars Brygmann
as Dr. Zerleng
Anders Hove
as Købmand Moos

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Critic Reviews for Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (15)

  • Lurid and stylish, this 2008 Danish feature plays like a cross between The Postman Always Rings Twice and High Noon, with a dash of Gothic thriller.

    Jan 5, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Entertaining and full of surprising twists, this highly cinematic tale of a Copenhagen policeman working punishment duty in the provinces plays with genre in a manner that can be compared with the Coen brothers or David Lynch.

    Jul 6, 2010

    Alissa Simon

    Top Critic
  • Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    Apr 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • Terribly Happy must surely be the greatest Danish Western ever made.

    Apr 14, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The characters are intended to be slightly stupid, but the writing isn't necessarily smarter.

    Mar 4, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Genz creates a distinctive look and feel in the film. The town is drab, the people wrung out, and the moments of passion are smoothed back down into the tired routine.

    Mar 4, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)

  • 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>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    The S Super Reviewer

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