The two tradesmen Ib and Edward are tired of their lifeless marriages and dream of living the good life from the stash of money they've earned moonlighting for years. After a huge fight ...
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After finding out that her husband cheated on her, Lise and her two daughters Ditte and Sigrid decides to go on vacation to Malta. The two sisters are very different and tries to cheer the ... See full summary »
The two tradesmen Ib and Edward are tired of their lifeless marriages and dream of living the good life from the stash of money they've earned moonlighting for years. After a huge fight with their wives the two men get drunk and hire a Russian contract killer to do a hit on their spouses. But they have badly underestimated their wives, and this becomes the start of an absurd journey where Ib and Edward to their own horror end at the top of a kill list.
Watchers of Danish movies from abroad, who are fairly acquainted with Danish geography must get the impression that Jutland is predominantly populated by hillbillies. Some examples: The Art of Crying (Peter Schønau Fog, 2006) with a psychopathic pedophile father. Terribly Happy (Henrik Ruben Genz,2008) where Jutland is like a zone where people are almost departed to, of course with its own rules that are only loosely connected to the common set of rules in the rest of the country.Bornedal also used this cliché of inbreeding xenophobes in his own Deliver Us From Evil (2009). In his latest effort to make a film, Bornedal point of departure is not any similarity with any resemblance of reality. There are 2-D caricatures. The fat man with tight clothes - very funny, ha-ha. His colleague who is sexually starving man with the too bushy eyebrows and an empty staring.He talks to the buttocks of his wife, but hardly to its owner. The Desperate Housewives - constantly wasted and enjoying the company of the Swedish salsa teacher - who is (for the women so near and so distant) gay. There are not many other people in Nibe. Why should there be people in the street? Bornedal is not interested in people, but only in travesties. Like the spastic waiter in the local restaurant, who talks "funnily". So Ib and Edward decide to boost their sex lives, not by taking mistresses, but by getting rid of their wives. It seems that you get easily access to the Dark Net in Nibe, as they have no problem to hire a hit-man from Russia. Surprisingly Edward is acquainted with this term. Of course they try to chicken out, but the Russian hit-man is not so easy to get rid of. The main problem is that he needs to be sober in order to travel back to his native Russia. Of course being Russian the hit-man is constantly on booze, when not killing unhappy people. We get a hint that he was in Afghanistan, but as it is the norm in this film, Bornedal is not interested in his persons. At least he tries to be politically incorrect when the Russian killer and an Afghani taxi driver, an admirer of Bin Laden, meet. - When Gritt and Ingrid figure out that they are the target of a killer, they hire a killer of their own, British Miss Nippleworthy (ha-ha!). Being a woman, she works, of course, wit poison. Any smiles until now? Is this hilarious? Not at all. Far-fetched at best. However, this misery has to end at some point. We have filled up the pot of clichés, now we just need to glue a happy ending to it. Is it credible? Why would Bornedal care? This concoction was like an adult version of Danish "family films" (Far til fire ...; The Crumbs - ... My Sister's Kids...). Although the persons in these films have more depth than the characters in Small-Town Killers, you will find there also more types than persons in these unambitious family movies. Thia movie has until now harvested universally unfavorable reviews. It seems that Bornedal is getting more and more an overrated director, as his good features have become distant history already.
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