MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,029 this week

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

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,625 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 5 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 22 Apr 2011
 
list image
a list of 27 titles
created 19 May 2012
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 01 Mar 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Bench" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Bench (2000)

The Bench (2000) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Bench.
11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Judge (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Judge Jens Christian makes a ruling to deport a political activist and potential political refugee. When the activist attempts suicide it sparks off Jens' biggest professional crisis, but his personal life is also in chaos.

Director: Gert Fredholm
Stars: Peter Gantzler, Micky Skeel Hansen, Benjamin Boe Rasmussen
Worlds Apart (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Stars: Rosalinde Mynster, Pilou Asbæk, Jens Jørn Spottag
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Assistant greenskeeper invites friends for a country club birthday party. A killer dressed as a greenskeeper crashes the party and kills people with golf tools.

Directors: Kevin Greene, Adam Johnson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Allelon Ruggiero, Bruce Taylor, Ron Lester
Midsummer (2003)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

It's the last day of school. Christian (19) and his younger sister Sofie are on their way to a party together with their friends. They've got to finish studying for their finals, take the ... See full summary »

Director: Carsten Myllerup
Stars: Kristian Leth, Laura Christensen, Tuva Novotny
King's Game (2004)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray... See full summary »

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jesper Jensen is a successful IT salesman who stops at nothing, even if it means backstabbing his best friend. Being number one in the company and having a beautiful wife and a lovely home,... See full summary »

Director: Rasmus Heide
Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Mick Øgendahl
The Gift (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

On Simon's 29th birthday his father Mogens, who has not been part of his and his older brother Jens' lives for many years, suddenly turns up - declaring that he wants to give him a sports ... See full summary »

Director: Niels Gråbøl
Stars: Henning Jensen, Jakob Cedergren, Paw Henriksen
Dancers (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a woman falls for the electrician at the dance studio she runs, she must face his difficult past.

Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Micki Chow, Sofia Cukic
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Gert Fredholm
Stars: Carsten Bjørnlund, Lærke Winther Andersen, Kurt Ravn
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Lasse Spang Olsen
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Tuva Novotny, Nicolas Bro
El pico (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Eloy de la Iglesia
Stars: José Luis Manzano, Javier García, José Manuel Cervino
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

It's always just a party- until somebody gets killed! Audrey Small (Julie Sherwood) and three of her closest friends are preparing to throw a costume party, Midsummer Nightmares, which ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Stacy
Stars: Chad Collard, Amanda Collins, Lisa Davis-Freeders
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kaj
Marius Sonne Janischefska ...
Stine Holm Joensen ...
Liv
...
Stig
...
Kim
...
Connie (as Sarah Kjærgaard Boberg)
Benjamin Boe Rasmussen ...
Bo
...
Lars Ranthe ...
Kaptajnen
Holger Perfort ...
Hr. Nandrup
Britta Lillesøe ...
Lis
John Martinus ...
Toiletpasser
Petrine Agger ...
Ann Kristine Schmidt ...
Receptionist
...
Kims Nabo
Edit

Storyline

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.

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A pad  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,152,925 (Denmark) (27 April 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie is the first of a trilogy by director Per Fly, the other two being "Arven" and "Drabet", dealing with Danish lower, middle and upper class respectively. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Followed by The Inheritance (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem (sanctus)
Lithurgy Vol. 1
Written by Rejcha
Koka Classic
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


11 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
English subtitles bzoon
'Du' en hund, VOV!' Made_In_Denmark
Buy the film with English subtitles here! shadowgirlb
Discuss The Bench (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?