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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R (for language, disturbing images and drug use)
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Nikolaj Lie Kaas
as Bjarne/Eigil
Line Kruse
as Astrid
Nicolas Bro
as Hus Hans
Aksel Erhardtsen
as Reverend Villumsen
Ole Thestrup
as Holger
Lily Weiding
as Ms. Juhl
Camilla Bendix
as Egil's Date
Jakob Cedergren
as Food Controler
Kristian Halken
as Food Controler
Jeppe Kaas
as Musician
Henning Lajer
as Customer
Peter Lambert
as Craftsman
Hanne Lovendahl
as Customer (uncredited)
Andre Lundemann
as Customer
Mia Lyhne
as Journalist
Christina Meyer
as Customer
Laura Meyer
as Customer
Sofia Meyer
as Customer
Mia Lyhne
as Journalist
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Critic Reviews for The Green Butchers

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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Full Review… | February 12, 2005
Globe and Mail
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The subject is so grim you may find that you've forgotten to laugh.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

February 3, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Green Butchers

Another Scandinavian dark comedy that takes the meat cake. Cannibalism done in good taste, Sweeney Todd it ain't< the insanity, and incompetence is more subtle in this slow burn tasty. Character development is strong and you might find you self rooting for the underdogs, and hoping the archetypical authorities and local-yo-cals get their comeuppances.

Eric Berntson
Eric Berntson
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

Super Reviewer

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.

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