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Director:
Writers:
Mads Matthiesen (screenplay) &
Martin Zandvliet (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 August 2012 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Some day love will find you; break those chains that bind you" See more (15 total) »

Cast

 

Kim Kold ... Dennis
David Winters ... Scott
Lamaiporn Hougaard ... Toi
Elsebeth Steentoft ... Ingrid
John Winters ... Jeff
Chanicha Shindejanichakul ... Receptionist
Mia Maria Back ... Shop assistant
Per Otto Bersang Rasmussen ... Real estate agent
Barbara Zatler ... Sasha
Eva Thompson ... Girl at Inn
Prap Poramabhuti ... Prap
Sukianya Suwan ... Aoi
Sukunya Mongkol ... Phatnay
Allan Mogensen ... Bent
Paweena Im-Erb ... Nok
Preutsaran Detcheewa ... Piccolo 2
Patrick Johnson ... Lars
Songporn Na Bangchang ... Nuu
Izabella Olsen-Østergaard ... Stewardess
Somchai Morya ... Motorcycle Lessor
Kim Lund ... Man on plane
Suwasan Kanta-Anontapon ... Piccolo 1
Kritsania Promsiriruk ... Miss Mayflower
Charlotte Winther Hohenhaus ... Cook
Sam Rai ... Tailor
Chatkrit Permpanich ... Cap driver 1
Suracha Yaemsri ... Cap driver 2
Chris Wegoda ... Tourist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mads Matthiesen 
 
Writing credits
Mads Matthiesen (screenplay) &
Martin Zandvliet (screenplay)

Produced by
Oliver Ackermann .... supervising producer
Michael Fleischer .... executive producer
Morten Revsgaard Frederiksen .... executive producer
Peter Hyldahl .... executive producer
Morten Kjems Juhl .... producer
Karoline Leth .... executive producer
Chris Lowenstein .... supervising producer
Roar Skau Olsen .... co-producer
Birgitte Skov .... executive producer
Karin Trolle .... line producer
Mikael Windelin .... co-producer
J.J. Tucker Wysong .... assistant supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Sune Martin 
 
Cinematography by
Laust Trier-Mørk 
 
Film Editing by
Adam Nielsen 
 
Casting by
Gro Therp  (as Gro Therp Bremer)
 
Production Design by
Thomas Bremer 
 
Set Decoration by
Eva Maria Hartvie Lund 
 
Costume Design by
Rebekka Leve 
Pong Somprasertsuk 
Ped Sriwattana Wedreungvit 
 
Makeup Department
Toon Vichu Chavasit .... makeup artist
Sofie de Mylius .... assistant makeup artist
Rebekka Leve .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Signe Baasch .... post-production supervisor
Piyaporn Indageha .... unit production manager: Thailand
Katrin Pors .... production manager
Karin Trolle .... production manager: Denmark
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tan Pipatpolkul .... first assistant director: Thailand
Emil Sparre-Ulrich .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Adalsteinn Hallgrimsson .... colorist
Frank Rizzo .... poster artist: Hungary
 
Sound Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound designer
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound re-recording mixer
Morten Green .... sound re-recording mixer
Torben Greve .... foley artist
Mikkel Groos .... dialogue editor
Mikkel Groos .... sound recordist
Stanko Lugonja .... sound recordist intern
Peter Mendonca .... dolby sound consultant
Mikkel Nielsen .... sound effects recordist
Timothy Nielsen .... sound effects recordist
Rune Palving .... sound effects editor
Jacques Pedersen .... sound editor
Lars Rasmussen .... sound effects recordist
Peter Thorneman .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tao Ahler .... first assistant camera: Denmark
Niklas Fusager .... lighting assistant: Denmark
Adalsteinn Hallgrimsson .... digital imaging technician: Denmark
Tobias Juhl .... gaffer: Denmark
José Luis Martínez Díaz .... digital imaging technician: Spain
Jacob Møller .... lighting technician: Denmark
Linn Sandholm .... still photographer: Denmark
Jacob Sofussen .... clapper-loader: Denmark
Berm Prasong Suksomkorn .... assistent camera: Thailand
Tieng Theppitak Thengdee .... gaffer: Thailand
 
Casting Department
Aou Thitaya Suthipaet .... casting
 
Editorial Department
Christian Einshøj .... additional editor
 
Other crew
Annemarie Aaes .... script supervisor: Denmark
Melek Caglar .... production assistant: pre-production
Jonathan Englander .... production counsel to Living Films
Pelle Folmer .... lab coordinator
Andreas Hjortdal .... production coordinator: Denmark
Araya Nakkate .... location manager: Thailand
Niels Skafte-Pedersen .... production assistant: Denmark
Niels Skafte-Pedersen .... runner: Denmark
Lennart Storgaard .... location manager: Denmark
Karin Trolle .... production coordinator: Thailand
Mikael Zilmer .... extras coordinator: Denmark
 
Thanks
Lars Rasmussen .... thanks
 

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
"Some day love will find you; break those chains that bind you", 7 December 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

"Some day love will find you; break those chains that bind you" - "Separate Ways," Journey.

I hope and wish on the brightest star I see tonight that Mads Matthiesen's Teddy Bear finds an audience not only in its home-country of Denmark, but in America, which is so accustomed to its spontaneous, mostly empty cinema that it's ridiculously easy and sickeningly common for small, human-driven pictures like this to go far below the radar. This is a stunning, poignant, masterful work involving immensely undiscovered talent, sensitive writing, smooth directing, and a storyline that is pure and viably sustainable when taken in the format presented.

Dennis is a thirty-eight year old bodybuilder, living with his controlling, domineering mother (Elsebeth Steentoft) who has kept him a shy, secluded introvert his entire life. Despite boasting a strong, incredibly toned exterior, his interior paints a feeble man three times smaller than him. He has never had a true relationship, and slogs through his days depressed and uninspired. His morose feelings only heighten upon visiting his uncle's wedding to a lovely Thai woman, and not long after, seeing his nephew so lonely and melancholy in live, encouraging Dennis to travel to Thailand to try and meet some women.

He lies and tells his mother that he will be competing in a bodybuilding competition in Germany, and then quickly boards a plane to Thailand. A close friend of his uncle's attempts to set him up with several different girls, but the fact they're all prostitutes unsettles Dennis and he becomes nervous and hasty around all of them. He finally meets a young, genial soul named Toi (Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard), who owns a gym, and he believes he has found the one he'd love to form a relationship with; now if only his mother will approve of it.

Dennis is played by former bodybuilder Kim Kold to a bold, graciously welcoming extent. His character greatly reminds me of myself in some ways; he hungers for the attention of the opposite sex, but is unsure of how to balance it and handle it all once obtaining it. He struggles to maintain a consistent conversation, is notably tense and socially inept during the simplest little get-together, and feels gridlocked to long pauses and dialog that lacks confidence. This is a negative affect of the heavy nurturing of his mother, who seems to keep him well-fed and unambitious in not his dreams but his social life.

The way writers Matthiesen and Martin Zandvliet handle this delicate material is astonishingly poetic and nuanced. They stray far, far away from shouting matches between Dennis and his mother about "taking care of me" and other mother-son issues, and fights between Dennis and Toi about "growing up." We see from our scenes with them together that Toi knows exactly what the deal is between Dennis and his mom and prefers not to further belittle him for the minor baggage. She'd much rather go the extra mile to make the relationship as a whole work well.

Teddy Bear is also photographed with that beautifully melodic foreign film sensitivity that combines minimalist cinematography and gorgeously showcased settings that add fuel to this as a visually compelling picture much less a narratively compelling one. But it's inexcusable to note the majority of the film's success comes from its leading man, Kold, who completely handles this role with the utmost capability and realism. He provides us with one of the finest performances of the year, and with one of the year's most likable protagonists as well.

Starring: Kim Kold, Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard, and Elsebeth Steentoft. Directed by: Mads Matthiesen.

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