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Flickering Lights (2000)

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Four small gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him. Trying to escape to Barcelona they are forced to stop in ... See full summary »

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Four small gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him. Trying to escape to Barcelona they are forced to stop in the countryside, in an old, wrecked house, hiding there for several weeks. Slowly, one after another, they realize, that they would like to stay there, starting a new life, renovating the house and forming it into a restaurant. But they can't avoid being caught up by their past. Written by Volker Merl <volko@foni.net>

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De har altid været på flugt - nu løber de for livet.

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3 November 2000 (Denmark)  »

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$2,881,123 (Denmark) (6 April 2001)
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Helle Virkner who plays Stefan's aunt, also played in Matador (1978), the TV series the guys are watching. See more »

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Most of the film takes place in an old inn, which has not been in use for years. Yet electricity is readily available when Torkild brings a TV and a video. See more »

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Hanne: You're doint it all wrong, Torkild! HAHA!
Stefan: Hanne, please...
Hanne: No, don't, Stefan! He's doing it all wrong! HAHA!
Stefan: Hanne, leave him alone...
Hanne: No, just a second, Stefan. I've never seen anyone so lousy at blowing eggs! HAHAHA!
Torkild: [Punches her in the face] NOW SHUT THE FUCK UP, BITCH!
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An original, fabulous genre hybrid
15 May 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

Quite exceptional Danish genre hybrid from director Anders Thomas Jensen. It has a maturity and confidence about it that is rare and surreal comedic aspects that reminded me of the wonderful ANTONIA'S LINE.

Four emotionally unstable criminals, led by Torkild, commit a robbery to repay a large debt to The Eskimo, a violent, murderous thug. Instead of delivering the loot, the men flee to the countryside where they begin a new life.

A threadbare synopsis does no justice to this wonderfully rich and magical film which expertly blends brutal violence, the blackest of humour and Roald Dahl-style childhood flashbacks to tell a fascinating, highly original story.

The characterizations are brilliant and the producers deserve a medal for having the courage to attempt a piece so violent (at times) and so utterly human.

Although all performances are wonderful, a special mention must go to Ole Thestrup who plays local game hunter Alfred. His reaction to an offer of firearms in exchange for the life of his cow is priceless.

An absolute winner and a perceptive reflection on happiness, love, friendship and identity.


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