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Dark Horse (2005)

Voksne mennesker (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 May 2005 (Denmark)
A young man spurs romance and helps his friend and himself go through times and struggles of their ordinary life in Denmark.

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Dagur Kári
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Cedergren ... Daniel
Nicolas Bro ... Morfar
Tilly Scott Pedersen Tilly Scott Pedersen ... Franc
Morten Suurballe ... Dommeren
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Gunvor
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Tejs
Anders Hove ... Herluf C
Kristian Halken Kristian Halken ... Allan Simonsen
Thomas W. Gabrielsson ... Søvnforsker Arne
Michelle Bjørn-Andersen Michelle Bjørn-Andersen ... Dommerens kone
Pauli Ryberg Pauli Ryberg ... Skule Malmquist
Mikael Bertelsen Mikael Bertelsen ... Fuldmægtig
Asta Esper Hagen Andersen Asta Esper Hagen Andersen ... Mormor Lovisa (as Asta Esper Andersen)
Vera Gebuhr Vera Gebuhr ... Dame i bagerbutik
Peder Thomas Pedersen ... Graffitikunde (as Peder Pedersen)
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Storyline

A young man spurs romance and helps his friend and himself go through times and struggles of their ordinary life in Denmark.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Denmark | Iceland

Language:

Danish | English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Horse See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,850,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,626
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The scene where "Morfar" goes to his referee exam was entirely improvised. The script just said "Morfar goes to his exam". See more »

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extremely dull and disappointing follow-up...
7 January 2007 | by thepsychobeatSee all my reviews

After enjoying Noi Albino I was excited to see this movie when it popped up at my local art-house cinema.

I'm rather bemused by all the positive comments on it as it's really dreadful, a totally nose-dive for the director. Whereas Noi Albino is an impressive slight and tender vision of outsider culture, Dark Horse is a bad scripted and jarring attempt to render the same kind of characters.

Primarily the major problems are that the first half is supposed to be funny and isn't, while the second half is supposed to be profound and isn't. The blur between naturalism and style makes it very difficult to engage with the movie. The style on show is accompanied by the prerequsisite "glitzy" style music of mobile phone adverts, shorthand in our culture for ditzy art school cool. The jokes in the first half are strictly of the "here's a man trying to clean a wall, oh look! the water jet spray is strong so he's stumbled backwards variety". There is a barely a genuine laugh in it.

To make things worse, the director's vision of life is hopeless limited. The main character ends up giving up messing around with his life in order to have a baby and even ends up wearing a f**king cardigan into the bargain. Talk about black and white. Meanwhile another character wanders around doing absolutely nothing for the entire movie in what appears to be some kind of bourgeous satire. I turned to my girlfriend over an hour and a quarter and asked "who is that guy again?" Not a good sign with a major character.

This film is bad on every level. Badly shot, badly scripted, good actors wasted with flimsy characters. Silly worldview. Not funny.

It's little wonder that this film disappeared completely for two years before appearing on British cinema screens. It might have been better for the director if it had disappeared altogether. He's got a big whole to climb out of now and a lot to prove in order to confirm that Noi Albino wasn't just a happy mistake...


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