Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010)

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Critic Consensus: 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 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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Oscilloscope Pictures

Cast

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
Jens Jorgen Spottag
as Politimester
Lars Lunoe
as Nissum
Sune Geertsen
as Øko - Tage
Bodil Jørgensen
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (15)

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November 15, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

April 15, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Terribly Happy must surely be the greatest Danish Western ever made.

Full Review… | April 14, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The characters are intended to be slightly stupid, but the writing isn't necessarily smarter.

Full Review… | March 4, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)

not a happy film. not a terrible one either. but it does have a cop with a big moustache and a gun that he never uses. people have flashy show-offy names and speak words that don't make a lick of sense. i don't know. i wish they could just speak american. if i made this movie there would be more shooting and he would have a shiny golden gun but it would have fuzzy pink dice hanging from the bottom to symbolize his masculinity in a time of conflict and consequently his need for eliminating figures who threaten his character in turn threatens his own sanity while stimulating his ego... err umm i mean i would get him to fuck that blond chick and shoot guys with his fuzzy dice gun at the same time and they would be covered in foreign blood after fucking and it would be sweet and win some non-american awards or something.

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

½

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. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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 Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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