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The Bench (2000)

Bænken (original title)
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
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Liv
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Stig
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Connie (as Sarah Kjærgaard Boberg)
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Kaptajnen
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Hr. Nandrup
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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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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 »

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

Soundtracks

My Tomorrow
Lyrics by Maya Albana
Music by Maya Albana and Halfdan E
Performed by Maya Albana
Produced by Halfdan E and Lars Daniel Terkelsen
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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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