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Terribly Happy (2008)
"Frygtelig lykkelig" (original title)

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A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown.

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Robert Hansen
Lene Maria Christensen ...
Ingerlise Buhl
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Jørgen Buhl
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Dr. Zerleng
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Købmand Moos
Jens Jørn Spottag ...
Politimester
Henrik Lykkegaard ...
Præst
Bodil Jørgensen ...
Bartender
Peter Hesse Overgaard ...
Helmuth
Niels Skousen ...
Hansi
Lars Lunøe ...
Nissum
Sune Q. Geertsen ...
'Øko' Tage (as Sune Geertsen)
Mathilde Maack ...
Dorthe
Ahn Le ...
Fru Købmand Moos
Taina Anneli R. Berg ...
Lone 'TP' (as Taina Anneli Berg)
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Robert Hansen is a cop in Copenhagen who makes a mistake, is remanded for therapy, then assigned to a small town in South Jutland, where cows and problems disappear into the mud. He quickly learns that the town bully, Jørgen, beats his wife, an outsider like Robert. He tries to get her to swear out a complaint against Jørgen; she flirts with Robert. When someone dies and Robert knows the prime suspect is innocent, he halts vigilante justice and things get complicated. He wants to protect himself and the daughter of Jørgen, and he wants to reconnect with his own daughter back home. Is rural justice his ticket back to Copenhagen? Is there any chance at happiness? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Mystery

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24 October 2008 (Denmark)  »

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$11,650 (USA) (5 February 2010)

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$70,059 (USA) (4 June 2010)
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Denmark's official submission to the 82nd Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film Award in 2010. See more »

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In the closing credits the song "You Always Hurt the One You Love" is listed as "You Always Hurt the One Your Love" instead. See more »

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Terribly Happy: Odd title, good film
20 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. from writer/director Henrik Ruben Genze based on the novel by Erling Jepsen is a dark and quirky crime story set in a small rural Danish village where everybody knows everything about everyone and they live and die by their own unique code of justice. Robert (Jakob Cedergren) is a cop from the city who has been reassigned as the town marshall because of a mental breakdown he suffered and he has to stay in the demotion until he can work his way back onto the force back in the the city. He immediately discovers the odd and unwelcome clannish ways of border town community and meets Ingerlise (Lena Maria Christiansen), the abused wife of the town bully Jorgen (Kim Bodnia). This is a psychological thriller with suspense and dark comedy woven together in a story that is almost Stephen King-like. The moody cinematography from Jorgen Johansson is excellent and the film moves at a slow pace but never drags down and keeps your interest throughout. I would give this an 8.5 out of 10 and recommend it.


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