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Frygtelig lykkelig (2008)

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A thriller about a Copenhagen cop who moves to a small town after having a nervous breakdown.

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Henrik Ruben Genz

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Henrik Ruben Genz (screenplay), Dunja Gry Jensen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Cedergren ... Robert Hansen
Lene Maria Christensen Lene Maria Christensen ... Ingerlise Buhl
Kim Bodnia ... Jørgen Buhl
Lars Brygmann ... Dr. Zerleng
Anders Hove ... Købmand Moos
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Politimester
Henrik Lykkegaard Henrik Lykkegaard ... Præst
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Bartender
Peter Hesse Overgaard Peter Hesse Overgaard ... Helmuth
Niels Skousen Niels Skousen ... Hansi
Lars Lunøe Lars Lunøe ... Nissum
Sune Q. Geertsen ... 'Øko' Tage (as Sune Geertsen)
Mathilde Maack Mathilde Maack ... Dorthe
Ahn Le Ahn Le ... Fru Købmand Moos
Taina Anneli R. Berg Taina Anneli R. Berg ... Lone 'TP' (as Taina Anneli Berg)
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Storyline

Robert Hansen is a cop in Copenhagen who makes a mistake, is remanded for therapy, then assigned to a small town in South Jutland, where cows and problems disappear into the mud. He quickly learns that the town bully, Jørgen, beats his wife, an outsider like Robert. He tries to get her to swear out a complaint against Jørgen; she flirts with Robert. When someone dies and Robert knows the prime suspect is innocent, he halts vigilante justice and things get complicated. He wants to protect himself and the daughter of Jørgen, and he wants to reconnect with his own daughter back home. Is rural justice his ticket back to Copenhagen? Is there any chance at happiness? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Borzasztó boldog See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,650, 7 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,059, 6 June 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Denmark's official submission to the 82nd Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film Award in 2010. See more »

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In the closing credits the song "You Always Hurt the One You Love" is listed as "You Always Hurt the One Your Love" instead. See more »

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Intriguing but ultimately disappointing
13 March 2010 | by elivbg1See all my reviews

This movie definitely has some intrigue in the beginning; a policeman is relocated to a small village because of a serious misdemeanor. There is an intriguing story in the background as he makes it into the village- a metaphoric story, which hints at the modus operandi of the village people. There is a missing person, an intriguing woman with an abusive husband, and several other characters that each has its own peculiar secret. So far, so good.

I stopped watching the movie when the weakness of the characters and bad luck took over the movie plot-line or rather- was it the plot that took over the "empty" characters? The characters started feeling/looking like puppets in the hands of their bad luck. I lost connection with the characters at this point and that left me feeling like an outsider.

At this point, I did not think that the movie would be intriguing but rather thought it is just trying to make a point for which the characters are only a vehicle. The message to me was that in the end weakness transcends all other values, that the social collective reinforces each person's individual weakness. True? Unfortunately, it is perhaps a brilliantly realistic point. Inspiring for a movie? Uplifting in any way? Not really. The movie had a point and made it.


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