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10 timer til Paradis (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 August 2012 (USA)
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Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love.

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Mads Matthiesen

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Mads Matthiesen (screenplay), Martin Zandvliet (screenplay) (as Martin Pieter Zandvliet)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Kold ... Dennis
Elsebeth Steentoft Elsebeth Steentoft ... Ingrid
Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard ... Toi
David Winters ... Scott
Allan Mogensen Allan Mogensen ... Bent
Sukunya Mongkol Sukunya Mongkol ... Phat
Barbara Zatler Barbara Zatler ... Sasha
Prap Poramabhuti Prap Poramabhuti ... Prap
Sukianya Suwan Sukianya Suwan ... Aoi
John Winters John Winters ... Jeff (as Jonathan Winters)
Paweena Im-Erb Paweena Im-Erb ... Nok
Songporn Na Bangchang Songporn Na Bangchang ... Nuu
Patrick Johnson Patrick Johnson ... Lars
Per Otto Bersang Rasmussen Per Otto Bersang Rasmussen ... Real estate agent (as Per Otto Rasmussen)
Kritsania Promsiriruk Kritsania Promsiriruk ... Miss May
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Storyline

The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find in Thailand. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. Dennis has never been out traveling before and the hectic Pattaya is a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls give big bruises to Dennis' naive picture of what love should be like, and he is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the Thai woman Toi. Written by SF Film

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Thai | English

Release Date:

22 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teddy Bear See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,388, 26 August 2012

Gross USA:

$16,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,561
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A mediocre movie that had so much potential...
27 August 2019 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Well, first of all the movie's Danish title is "10 Timer Til Paradis", which literally translates as "10 Hours To Paradise", so the title "Teddy Bear" really is confusing and unbecoming of the movie.

Regardless, I sat down to watch this movie in 2019, hadn't actually heard about it prior to now, for some reason. But I read the movie's synopsis, and I must admit that I was intrigued and actually looking forward to seeing this movie. And I must say that it definitely had potential. 'Had' is the keyword here, because the potential wasn't properly utilized by director Mads Matthiesen.

The story really did put up something that would have been a grand storytelling, but it eventually fell short and ended up being as just another bland movie. Unfortunately. It felt like everything that writers Mads Matthiesen and Martin Zandvliet lined up was failed to be brought to a fulfilling fruition by director Mads Matthiesen, and that was a shame.

The movie rather quickly settled into a monotonous pacing as the bodybuilding lead character came to Thailand. And that was weird to me, because it was here that the movie and storyline should have really kicked into a higher gear, as this was the focal point that sat the whole atmosphere of the movie.

As for the acting in the movie, well I wasn't impressed with the lead cast. Kim Kold, playing Dennis, was overly monotonous in his dialogue and his demeanor on the screen, which translated poorly as something that was enjoyable. Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard, playing Toi, fared somewhat better, but it was clear that she was inexperienced. The real talent here in the movie was Elsebeth Steentoft, playing Ingrid - Dennis's mom. She performed so well, and really brought a lot of enjoyment to the movie, but she wasn't the movie's focus.

"10 Timer Til Paradis" had so much potential and so many chances to be brilliant, but it just never happened. And I found that the movie as an overall experience was just very monotonous, bland and mediocre. Hence, I am rating it five out of ten stars.


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