The Green Butchers (2004)
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as Hus Hans
as Reverend Villumsen
as Ms. Juhl
as Egil's Date
as Food Controler
as Food Controler
as Customer (uncredited)
Critic Reviews for The Green Butchers
The subject is so grim you may find that you've forgotten to laugh.
Gruesome as it may sound, Butchers is a likeable, well-made film and a genuine comedy.
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.
While it's got a refreshingly dry, nasty tone, the film is never quite as funny as it needs to be.
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.
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.
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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