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

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

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

January 21, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's much ado about mutton.

Full Review… | January 21, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Neither funny nor outrageous nor horrifying nor conventionally affecting.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

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


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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