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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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
This is a well-done and enjoyable neo-noir. A city cop attempts to do his job according to his reasonable moral standards in a tiny village. This proves to be well-nigh impossible. Once he falls, his own amorality and survival instinct surface, whereupon he falls deeper and deeper into the quicksand.
This is not an overtly (nor even covertly) friendly town. The people all snicker as if they have their own private jokes at the expense of the outsider. The poor man thinks he's covering up his indiscretions and worse, but in such a tiny place, there are no secrets. The townspeople are just as adept as the police are at avoiding the scales of justice. They need no prison or jail. They have a convenient bog nearby. Our Danish hero is like many noir heroes, wriggling on a hook, trapped. The village becomes for him a jail from which there is no escape.
The unusually stark and dour surroundings complement the bleak few buildings in which people congregate to drink and play cards. The Danish artistic temperament comes across in this movie: gloomy, silent, deep unstated undercurrents, mysterious, complex, severe. The humor is sly and quiet. Quietness and understatement tend to pervade the atmosphere, but it is broken by very emotional outbursts that cannot humanly be contained.
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