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Flickering Lights (2000)

Blinkende lygter (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 3 November 2000 (Denmark)
A gang of 4 Danish criminals are ordered by Færingen to steal a bag from a safe. When they see DKK4,000,000 in the bag, they keep it for themselves and head for Spain. They end up in a ruin of an old restaurant on Funen and renovate it.

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Anders Thomas Jensen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Søren Pilmark ... Torkild
Ulrich Thomsen ... Peter
Mads Mikkelsen ... Arne
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Stefan
Sofie Gråbøl ... Hanne
Iben Hjejle ... Therese
Frits Helmuth Frits Helmuth ... Carl
Ole Thestrup Ole Thestrup ... Alfred Jæger
Peter Andersson ... Færingen
Niels Anders Thorn Niels Anders Thorn ... William
Henning Jensen ... Peters Far
Solbjørg Højfeldt ... Peters Mor
Jesper Asholt Jesper Asholt ... Torkilds Far
Helle Dolleris Helle Dolleris ... Torkilds Mor
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ... Farfar
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Storyline

Four small-time gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him. Trying to escape to Barcelona they are forced to stop in the countryside, in an old, wrecked house, hiding there for several weeks. Slowly, one after another, they realize, that they would like to stay there, starting a new life, renovating the house and forming it into a restaurant. But they can't avoid being caught up by their past. Written by Volker Merl <volko@foni.net>

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De har altid været på flugt - nu løber de for livet.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

3 November 2000 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Flickering Lights See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,760,077
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stefan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is seen eating in almost all of his scenes. See more »

Goofs

Most of the film takes place in an old inn, which has not been in use for years. Yet electricity is readily available when Torkild brings a TV and a video. See more »

Quotes

Peter: It smells like rotten ass in here! I need some coke!
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References Matador (1978) See more »

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Don't Run for the Money
Written and Performed by Peter Viskinde
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An original, fabulous genre hybrid
15 May 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Quite exceptional Danish genre hybrid from director Anders Thomas Jensen. It has a maturity and confidence about it that is rare and surreal comedic aspects that reminded me of the wonderful ANTONIA'S LINE.

Four emotionally unstable criminals, led by Torkild, commit a robbery to repay a large debt to The Eskimo, a violent, murderous thug. Instead of delivering the loot, the men flee to the countryside where they begin a new life.

A threadbare synopsis does no justice to this wonderfully rich and magical film which expertly blends brutal violence, the blackest of humour and Roald Dahl-style childhood flashbacks to tell a fascinating, highly original story.

The characterizations are brilliant and the producers deserve a medal for having the courage to attempt a piece so violent (at times) and so utterly human.

Although all performances are wonderful, a special mention must go to Ole Thestrup who plays local game hunter Alfred. His reaction to an offer of firearms in exchange for the life of his cow is priceless.

An absolute winner and a perceptive reflection on happiness, love, friendship and identity.


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