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The Green Butchers (2003)

De grønne slagtere (original title)
Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Bjarne / Eigil
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Line Kruse ...
Astrid
Ole Thestrup ...
Holger
Bodil Jørgensen ...
Tina
Aksel Erhardtsen ...
Pastor Villumsen (as Aksel Erhardsen)
Lily Weiding ...
Fru Juhl
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Hus Hans
Camilla Bendix ...
Beate
Elsebeth Steentoft ...
Ingrid Grith
Kjeld Nørgaard ...
Leif Larsen (as Keld Nørgaard)
Peter Reichhardt ...
Levnedsmiddelkontrollen
Kristian Halken ...
Levnedsmiddelkontrollen
Lars Ranthe ...
Levnedsmiddelkontrollen
Mikkel Vadsholt ...
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Storyline

Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident happens which coincides with a large order of meat. One hasty decision leads to another and soon the business thrives. In the meantime, Bjarne has to deal with his twin brother who has been in coma for years following a gruesome car accident. Written by Piotr Zembrowski

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You never forget the taste of human flesh See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, disturbing images and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 2003 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Les bouchers verts  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,483 (USA) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$2,483 (USA) (10 December 2004)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Holger: You'll never get behind counter, Svend. You know why? You sweat too much. Svend Swet.
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Connections

Referenced in De grønne slagtere - en virkelig god marinade (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Alene med en yndig pige
Written by Kai Normann Andersen and Børge Müller
Performed by Poul Reichhardt
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Serious comedy
16 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The art of the absurd is alive and thriving in current Danish cinema! Well, at least it is in this movie. Nobody in this movie are amused. They are all either annoyed or shocked, and if they aren't yet, they soon will be! It is a story of screw-ups, murder, embarrassment, dignity, and, in the end, love and redemption. The chilling, awkward humorous style is idiomatic and won't appeal to everyone, but personally I found it to have just the right fascinating mix of the bizarre and the absurd. You pity the characters from a distance, even as you dislike them up close and personal. But their story is so tragic that you find it in yourself to forgive them and be happy for them, even when they get away with murder.

This is, in my judgment, definitely the best Danish movie of the last few years.

9 out of 10.


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