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19 December 2008 (Denmark) See more »
A man signs up for a test trial of a new anti-depressant as a way to change his life. When the trial is called off, he continues taking the medication with violent results. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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“Fear Me Not” (DVD Review)
 (From Fangoria. 27 November 2010, 8:24 AM, PST)

Fear Me Not (Film Review)
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  (in credits order)

Ulrich Thomsen ... Mikael

Paprika Steen ... Sigrid
Emma Sehested Høeg ... Selma (as Emma Sehsted Høeg)

Lars Brygmann ... Frederik

Stine Stengade ... Ellen
Josephine Märcher Sandig ... Pia
Bodil Udsen ... Edith

Bjarne Henriksen ... Kenneth

Ole Boisen ... Rickard (as Ole Gorter Boisen)
Henrik Prip ... Esben
Jakob Fals Nygaard ... Tobias
Morten Hauch-Fausbøll ... Hr. Jørgensen
Charlotte Juul ... Fru Jørgensen
Elsebeth Nielsen ... Sygeplejerske
Kim Westi ... Midaldrende Mand
Michael Jensen ... Skraldemand
Ellen Nyman ... Receptionist
Ulrika Sabroe ... Dame i Testgruppe

Søren Malling ... Søren Karlsen (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silja Amalie Bjerregaard ... Hospitalsgæst
Tine Bojanna Bjerregaard ... Hospitalsgæst

Directed by
Kristian Levring 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anders Thomas Jensen  writer
Kristian Levring  writer

Produced by
Karen Bentzon .... line producer
Charlotte Buch .... post-production producer
Kristina Hejduková .... line producer: Czech Republic
Sisse Graum Jørgensen .... producer
Pavel Muller .... line producer
Charlotte Pedersen .... associate producer
Original Music by
Krzysztof Penderecki 
Cinematography by
Jens Schlosser 
Film Editing by
Pernille Bech Christensen 
Casting by
Tine Sætter-Lassen 
Jette Termann 
Production Design by
Jette Lehmann 
Set Decoration by
Søren Schwartzberg 
Costume Design by
Helle Nielsen 
Makeup Department
Dorte Jacobsen .... makeup artist
Anne Cathrine Sauerberg .... key makeup artist (as Anne-Cathrine Sauerberg)
Production Management
Kristina Kornum .... production manager
Pavel Muller .... production manager: Czech Republic
Martin Trunec .... unit manager: Czech Republic
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emil Sparre-Ulrich .... assistant director
Michaela Strnadova .... first assistant director: Czech Republic
Art Department
Christine Bechameil .... painter
Thomas Busk .... storyboard artist
Tomas Cerny .... construction manager: Czech Republic
Christian Gad .... props
Pavel Hemmy .... property master: Czech Republic
Martin Kurel .... art director: Czech Republic
Søren Schwartzberg .... property master (as Søren Schwarzberg)
Frank Stoltze .... carpenter
Jon Truelsen .... set dresser
Sound Department
Asser Borgen .... foley recordist
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Jonas Langkilde .... boom operator
Mick Raaschou .... sound
Lars Rasmussen .... sound
Eddie Simonsen .... dialogue mixer
Rasmus Winther Jensen .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Peter Hjorth .... visual effects: Day for night sequence
Thomas Urbye .... visual effects artist: The Look
Bikinisesongen .... stunts
René Due .... stunts
Henrik Eiberg .... stunts
Deni Jordan .... stunt coordinator
Deni Jordan .... stunts
Christel Jørgensen .... stunts (as Christel Jørgensen)
Kim Sørensen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Per Arnesen .... still photographer
Christian Brøndum .... grip
Thomas Busk .... camera operator
Philip Simon Christensen .... clapper loader (as Philip Christensen)
Richard Havlicek .... key grip: Czech Republic
Tomás Hruska .... first assistant camera (as Tomas Hruska)
Tomás Hruska .... focus puller: Czech Republic
Jan Michael Jensen .... electrician
Michael Wils Jensen .... gaffer (as Michael Wils)
Mathias Rasmussen .... assistant electrician (as Mathias Asger Rasmussen)
Jesper Westh .... steadicam operator
Frantisek Wirth .... video assist (as Frantizek Wirth)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stine Gudmundsen-Holmgreen .... costumer
Marketa Prochazkova .... wardrobe mistress: Czech Republic
Editorial Department
Julie Abrahamson .... assistant editor
Morten Arnoldus .... post-production coordinator
Tareq Kubaisi .... colorist
Anders Lollike .... on-line editor
Michael Frank Nielsen .... lab color timer
Vid Price .... assistant editor
Elin Pröjts .... additional editor
Location Management
Henrik Berthelsen .... location scout
Jesper Ray Manley .... location scout
Honza Zuska .... location manager: Czech Republic
Music Department
Mikkel Maltha .... music supervisor
Other crew
Annemarie Aaes .... script supervisor
Jens Christian Abildtrup .... assistant to producer
Gabriela Erbenová .... head accountant: Czech Republic
Søren Frimodt-Møller .... production coordinator
Roberto Geroldi .... production secretary
Mads Holde .... production assistant
Sidsel Hybschmann .... assistant: producer
Ann Køj .... production accountant
Anne Magnér .... extras coordinator: Ærø
Gavin Makinson .... assistant: Kristian Løvring
Pavla Marková .... script supervisor: Czech Republic
Klaus Junker Møller .... runner
Emil Nicolaj Nissen .... runner
Jens Næsland .... extras coordinator
Molly Marlene Stensgaard .... film consultant (as Molly Malene Stensgaard)
Ann Vognsen .... production accountant (as Anse Vognsen)
Daniel William .... runner
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Den du frygter" - Denmark (original title)
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95 min
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Jekyll & Hyde, 8 September 2008
Author: ReganRebecca from Canada

Got a chance to catch the world premiere of Fear Me Not, directed and written by Kristian Levring, at the Toronto Internal Film Festival.

The film examines the deterioration of the life of a man in his mid-40's facing a mid-life crisis exasperated by the fact that he has become addicted to a prescription medication with nasty side effects.

Ulrich Thomsen dominates the movie as Mikael, a doctor who has recently taken a sabbatical from work only to find himself bored and at a loss at what to do with his time. On a whim he enters into a medical study examining the side effects of a newly developed anti-depressant. When he, and other patients, begin to exhibit violent tendencies Mikael finds that he is both unable and unwilling to stop taking the drugs. Fascinated by the positive outlook on life that he gains from the little pills Mikael finds himself acting out increasingly aggressive and violent fantasies on strangers and even his own family and friends.

Ulrich Thomsen does great work here portraying the mostly docile and kind Mikael with great depth and persona. Even in the midst of acting out his most cruel fantasies Thomsen displays a sense of uncertainty and bewilderment at his own actions as if he, along with the audience, is shocked at the dramatic results that the pills have produced. Paprika Steen, in a supporting role as Mikael's wife Sigrid, turns a mediocre role into something exciting. Even small scenes, like when Mikael and Sigrid are playing scrabble, are filled with tension as we watch Sigrid drift between anger, annoyance and hurt as she tries to convince Mikael to go back to work.

The cinematography is gorgeous and includes plenty of lush scenery. The editing really adds to the overall mood of the piece, the frequent jump-cuts helping to enhance the fragmented, jittery feelings as Mikael finds himself being splintered between two sides of himself.

As a whole the movie is decent but a last minute twist in the final act turns the movie into full blown melodrama. Despite the histrionics of the final ten minutes and the rather disappointing conclusion told mostly through voice-over, the movie is still worth watching for Thomsen and Steen's performances as well as the enticing and astonishing build-up as Mikael goes from a placid family-man to a malevolent, abusive husband.

Levring and Thomsen were actually at the screening and had a brief q & a afterwards. It was really cool, Levring talked a bit about his inspiration for the film and mentioned Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which really came across in the way that the pill popping scenes were filmed and edited.

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