Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig) (2010)
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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as Robert Hansen
as Ingerlise Buhl
as Jørgen Buhl
as Dr. Zerleng
as Købmand Moos
as Øko - Tage
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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.
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.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
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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.
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.
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.
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