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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
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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
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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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Danish Coen Brothers
17 October 2008 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Terribly Happy is a stylish Danish noir based on actual events. It's a classic "fish out of water" story. Robert (Jakob Cedergren ),a police officer is sent from Copenhagen to a small Danish village as its new Marshall. He soon finds that the village people have their own set of rules and laws and are not ready to accept outside interference with their coda of justice. Although at first Robert tries to play everything by the book, he is soon drawn deeply into the villagers' web of deceit and corruption.

The director Henrik Ruben Genz creates a very bleak atmosphere set against the Danish countryside. The film is full of black humor, reminiscent of Coen Brothers, specially Fargo. The casting is particularly good, with Kim Bodnia outstanding as a wife beating lout. Terribly Happy is tightly directed and is gripping from start to finish. Recommended.


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