7.5/10
3,752
15 user 6 critic

The Bench (2000)

Bænken (original title)
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.

Director:

Per Fly

Writers:

Kim Leona (screenplay), Per Fly (screenplay)
Reviews
11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young man is torn between his individual hopes and his sense of duty when his father dies and he is expected to take over the family industry.

Director: Per Fly
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Lisa Werlinder, Ghita Nørby
Drabet (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A college professor abandons his family and his career in order to champion his mistress, a student radical accused of killing a policeman.

Director: Per Fly
Stars: Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Beate Bille
Stolen Spring (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

We follow 4 classmates in a strict boys' secondary school in 1950s Copenhagen, where a sadistic teacher torments his students. We meet them again at their 35 year class reunion.

Director: Peter Schrøder
Stars: Frits Helmuth, Tomas Villum Jensen, Jesper Langberg
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The intense, realistic and unflinching tale of Maria, Allan and Steso, who are struggling for survival in urban life, about drugs.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Stars: Signe Egholm Olsen, Claus Riis Østergaard, Thure Lindhardt
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of school-mates form a resistance group in nazi-occupied Denmark.

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Stars: Tomas Villum Jensen, Morten Buch Jørgensen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
King's Game (2004)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Election for the Danish parliament is up and the main opposition party has a chance at winning and it's leader at becoming next prime minister. The leader is hospitalized and the scheming begins.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Denmark, 1963: Teenagers Bjørn and Erik are into girls and being in a band helps Bjørn meet Anna. Erik likes Kirsten but she likes Bjørn. Having a mentally ill mom at home also ruins Erik's chances. Anna's pregnancy changes everything.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Adam Tønsberg, Lars Simonsen, Camilla Søeberg
Better Times (2004–2007)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Starting in 1949, the series follows four young Danes through 25 years of history and personal developments in a story about finding yourself in a world of changes.

Stars: Anne Louise Hassing, Anders W. Berthelsen, Maibritt Saerens
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When handyman Niller comes to install Sus' new kitchen one day, their immediate crush is a sweet escape from both of their problematic relationships.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Niels Olsen, Søs Egelind
Zappa (1983)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the early '60s, 3 Danish classmates join a "den"/tree house. Steen likes his pet fish Zappa because it eats the weaker fish. Bjørn attracts girls and Mulle is a talkative, strong boy. Steen gets them into burglary and later escalates.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Adam Tønsberg, Peter Reichhardt, Morten Hoff
The Sun King (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While changing the pipes in the tanningbeds at Golden Sun, Tommy meets the owner. A middleaged former Miss Fyn called Susse. Slowly an unusual love affair begins. Tommy's two friends Ole & ... See full summary »

Director: Tomas Villum Jensen
Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Birthe Neumann, Thomas Bo Larsen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.

Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesper Christensen ... Kaj
Marius Sonne Janischefska Marius Sonne Janischefska ... Jonas
Stine Holm Joensen Stine Holm Joensen ... Liv
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Stig
Jens Albinus ... Kim
Sarah Boberg ... Connie (as Sarah Kjærgaard Boberg)
Benjamin Boe Rasmussen Benjamin Boe Rasmussen ... Bo
Lars Brygmann ... Lars
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Kaptajnen
Holger Perfort Holger Perfort ... Hr. Nandrup
Britta Lillesøe Britta Lillesøe ... Lis
John Martinus John Martinus ... Toiletpasser
Petrine Agger Petrine Agger ... Sygeplejerske
Ann Kristine Schmidt Ann Kristine Schmidt ... Receptionist
Anette Støvelbæk ... Kims Nabo
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A pad See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,190,251
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Per Fly originally came up with the idea of making the film after reading an article by the leader of charity organization Kirkens Korshær about poverty and social problems in Denmark. As part of his later research he intensely followed the work of a social counselor for some time. He based the film's characters on the people he saw and met during that period. See more »

Goofs

Kaj's name on the letterbox reappears after he has destroyed it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bænken - med virkeligheden som udgangspunkt (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Mariehønen Evigglad
Written by Henning Hansen and Halfdan Rasmussen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Marvellous Dannish movie
15 February 2008 | by juliensaroyan-1See all my reviews

I have recently watched this excellent Dannish movie on satellite channel.Regrettably I was deprived of the opportunity to understand dialogs as there was neither English translation nor subtitles. Nevetheless, that language barrier had not prevented me from understanding the essence of the movie and conversely watching this movie in Dannish emphasized scenes regarding alcoholics, contradictions and attitude towards lonely poverty-stricken generally in Europe and particularly in Denmark. The problem of solitude is pivotal in this movie. Loneliness kills us faster that whatever disease. The movie is full of sadness and sympathy. I recommend everybody to watch it.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed