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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 ...
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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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$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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Followed by Drabet (2005) See more »

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Requiem (sanctus)
Lithurgy Vol. 1
Written by Rejcha
Koka Classic
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Not a Hollywood movie
21 September 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I can see on the message boards, that this film does not come with English subtitles - only Danish for the hearing impaired, so foreigners don't get much help ... however, the Cinema version should have English subtitles.

It is actually a great shame, because this film is not really about something special Scandinavian.

Above all, it is good to see, that really good movies touching important themes can be done without a Hollywood budget.

There is an old quote in Danish culture: "People say that Jeppe is drinking, but they don't say why Jeppe is drinking". This film illustrates this point very well.

But the film is part of a trilogy, so maybe they make a boxed set in the future with English subtitles ... one can only hope.


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