The Green Butchers

2004

The Green Butchers (2004)

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This black comedy from Denmark involves the exploits of Bjarne and Svend, two friends who go into the meat-cutting business together only to see their venture fail miserably. But when Svend starts experimenting with a strange new culinary concoction, business picks up -- but they find that getting ahold of their "secret ingredient" will be more of a challenge than they thought.

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Critic Reviews for The Green Butchers

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

The subject is so grim you may find that you've forgotten to laugh.

Feb 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Gruesome as it may sound, Butchers is a likeable, well-made film and a genuine comedy.

Feb 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

You might not want to dine with this group, especially if they brought the meat. But it's OK to play with the knives a little.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While it's got a refreshingly dry, nasty tone, the film is never quite as funny as it needs to be.

Jan 21, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

It's much ado about mutton.

Jan 21, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Neither funny nor outrageous nor horrifying nor conventionally affecting.

Jan 14, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Green Butchers

½

The second out of three films directed by Danish Anders Thomas Jensen and my second favourite after ADAM'S APPLES. Equally dark, equally funny, equally unlikeable-yet-somehow-likeable characters (this time its two butchers butchering acquaintances to keep the business open). The plot is just as wonky as his other films, just slightly less unexpected. But thats a minor quibble, like comparing pigs to pigs when you love pigs. Just watch and enjoy, it's way past time the man directed another one.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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½

This is a huge surprise. I have to say that I believe this might be the first Danish film I've ever seen in my life. I'll be looking for more. A beautiful mix of dark comedy and the seriously elevating power of love. In the end, this is less a comedy than it is a moving portrayal of forgiveness in the wake of tragedy. Just a fascinating mix. I can't even think of a film, off the top of my head, where such an emotional blend is achieved in such an interesting way. Flixsters, this is a must-see.

NB: If you do watch this, be prepared to deploy a healthy willing suspension of disbelief.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

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½

Best foreign movie around. Even though it was in another language, I laughed the whole time. Sven Sveat!

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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