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Bænken (2000)

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)
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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
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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.

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A pad See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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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

Requiem (sanctus)
Lithurgy Vol. 1
Written by Rejcha
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Not a Hollywood movie
21 September 2006 | by chn65See all my reviews

I can see on the message boards, that this film does not come with English subtitles - only Danish for the hearing impaired, so foreigners don't get much help ... however, the Cinema version should have English subtitles.

It is actually a great shame, because this film is not really about something special Scandinavian.

Above all, it is good to see, that really good movies touching important themes can be done without a Hollywood budget.

There is an old quote in Danish culture: "People say that Jeppe is drinking, but they don't say why Jeppe is drinking". This film illustrates this point very well.

But the film is part of a trilogy, so maybe they make a boxed set in the future with English subtitles ... one can only hope.


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