OK. Admittedly, I'm biased. I'm an enormous fan of Anders Thomas Jensen's movies and pretty much adore everything he's ever made or been even tangentially involved in, but up until now I was very firmly of the belief that 'Blinkende Lygter' was and would always remain my favourite of ATJ's movies. That was until I saw 'Mænd & Høns' and fell completely and traitorously in love.
A perfect balance of black (oh god so so black) humour and pathos, this movie is a testament to ATJ's wonderfully deft touch with both. The characters, surreal and ridiculous as they are, are played with such humanity and conviction, that one cannot help but love them all, every last weird, disgusting one of them. As dual-lead, David Dencik is both loathsome and pathetically lovable as Gabriel. Nicolas Bro is a delight as always as the loquacious over-sharing Joseph, as is an almost unrecognisable Søren Malling as Franz. However, whereas it's normally Nicolaj Lie Haas that takes the comedic football and runs uncontested for the touchline, 'Mænd & Høns' is (definitely) Mads Mikkelsen's movie. As the compulsively masturbating, bombastic Elias, Mikklesen reaps the lion's share of the comedic lines, delivering them with such incredible timing and bravado you can't help but think he missed his vocation when he opted for a career as leading-man/heart-throb over bumbling idiotic funnyman.
I can't say enough good about this film. Watch it as soon as a UK release is available. Talk about it until there is. Petition your local cinemas. Buy 'Mænd & Høns' t-shirts and bore your friends. I know I will.
Really a feel good summer film.
None of that negative stereotypical depiction of Jamaica.
Several great laughs and the music is cool
Wow! Just watched this as a screen unseen showing. A bit slow in parts but basically, you want and need to keep watching, just to understand and hope that what should be every persons natural right, becomes that right. Tinged with horror at our human race, sadness at the brutality and deaths but happiness at the achievements of so few for so many. Brilliant acting, not one 'bad' performance. Explains a part of history, that I only knew a little of. I was two at the time. Thank you!
Just watched Ray Pascoe's film about Alf Engers. Great film which captures why Alf was the King. Excellent research and Ray has managed to give credit to the ability Alf had. Very sad that Alf was treated so badly by the cycling authorities of the day, especially as the film shows Alf had great humanity and only wanted to progress himself and the sport of cycling, something that the authorities of the time never managed to do.
If you were around in the 70's and into the time trialling scene you will love this film.
This film tells a simple but enthralling story brilliantly, centred on a quirky, extraordinary couple living in somewhat chaotic retirement in a small Cumbrian village. The actors are all superb - Richard Johnson and Gemma Jones in particular justify their reputations as two of our finest, most respected artists. Brilliantly directed and shot, the film is hugely moving without being at all sentimental, the script laced with wonderful, surprising humour. Chains like Picturehouse and Curzon should be fighting for the distribution rights.
A brilliant cast, including the kids, set mainly in the fabulous scenery of Scotland, this will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye and is one of those films that you could happily watch again.
I saw this yesterday with my partner and it had me in pieces. I was laughing the majority of the way through. Definitely a must see film!
The movie is awesome the action is mind blowing and jaw dropping, music epic. All in all a must see movie.
The best film ever!!!
This film is an amazing whirlwind of emotions but the main storyline is based on friendship which is so often lacking in movies aimed at teens these days. While there is a large proportion of the story based on romantic situations, the main idea is Rose and Lissa's friendship which is what essentially saves the day. This is an amazing film and I recommend you watch it whether you have read the books or not.