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The Bench (2000)
"Bænken" (original title)

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Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. Him and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj's life turns upside down when a young lady and her child moves in next to him.

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Kaj
Marius Sonne Janischefska ...
Stine Holm Joensen ...
Liv
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Stig
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Kim
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Connie (as Sarah Kjærgaard Boberg)
Benjamin Boe Rasmussen ...
Bo
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Lars Ranthe ...
Kaptajnen
Holger Perfort ...
Hr. Nandrup
Britta Lillesøe ...
Lis
John Martinus ...
Toiletpasser
Petrine Agger ...
Ann Kristine Schmidt ...
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Kims Nabo
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Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. Him and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj's life turns upside down when a young lady and her child moves in next to him.

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27 October 2000 (Denmark)  »

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Bænken  »

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$1,152,925 (Denmark) (27 April 2001)
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Director Per Fly originally came up with the idea of making the film after reading an article by the leader of charity organization Kirkens Korshær about poverty and social problems in Denmark. As part of his later research he intensely followed the work of a social counselor for some time. He based the film's characters on the people he saw and met during that period. See more »

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Kaj's name on the letterbox reappears after he has destroyed it. See more »

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Referenced in Bænken - med virkeligheden som udgangspunkt (2000) See more »

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Requiem (sanctus)
Lithurgy Vol. 1
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Very touching
9 August 2005 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This movie is about forgiving, decay, hope, love and death. The main character is played to perfection by Jesper Christensen, one of the best performances i've ever seen in any movie. I was 100% convinced that he was a deathdrunk alcoholic, what a masterpiece of acting!!! 10 stars on his acting alone.

The story is beautiful, sad but very very true. Many of us close our eyes to these kind of people and tend to forget that behind the sad drunken facades are real people with real stories and emotions. This movie smacks these people right in your face. Some people find it disgusting, but the rest of us find that this is a masterpiece of a movie. Its in my top 3 of all time favourite movies.


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