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Ole Christian Madsen
Anders W. Berthelsen,
Akasia (Paprika Steen) believes in alternative treatment. She ends up at a mental institution, because a patient is making a lawsuit. She makes a few patients there getting better, but her world collapses when a patient returns, and tells everybody that her "heaven" does not exists. Now she is fighting the system to return to a normal life.Written by
Jens Christian Pedersen
A reference to 'One flew over the Coocoo's Nest' in its own right
I had the great pleasure of experiencing this new Danish comedy, the motivation strengthened by the fact that I am just now writing a book that has the confrontation between medical treatment and alternative treatment as a side issue. I was also pleased about the recently completed TV series, Alternative treatment - does it work?
My daughter wanted to watch Cuckoo's Nest the other day, so it was a review with one of cinema's classics. Now, Milos Forman has not directed The Funny Farm, which must be a probably English title and Paprika Steen does not have a role including a Jack Nicholson's looming rebellion, but less will do.
What also amused me was the references to Cuckoo's Nest. We do not have a huge Indian, but a large Zlatko Buric in partnership with a resigned Greenlander makes good replacement, and Zlatko also gives Paprika a ride on his shoulders. One of the inmates also demonstrate his opposition to the treatment by showing us the pills on his tongue followed by a big smile. The outing emulated here with a picnic to a woodland park. Eventually we even have a heavy object hurled through a window in the institution.
The screenwriter must have looked in a catalog of alternative therapies, for more than twenty of these mentioned or shown from the respected treatments as reflexology and cranial sacral massage to the more funny ones with necromancers spirit traps and seven stars objects.
We do not entirely know why poor Paprika placed in a mental hospital, but when she during the first meeting with the doctor insists that she is not taking any medication, the confrontation course is obviously established.
We are not surprised that she wins some patients and staff over to her alternative side during the process, and with the simple comedy approach we do not expect it to get to be anything more, but it does so anyway. We actually get a dramatic conclusion where the ideologies collide with serious consequences and thank you for that. With the reference to the Cuckoo's Nest, you are also obliged to that kind of ambition.
I am sorry that IMDb has been so cautious in its rating, but now only 131 persons have given their opinion. For me it was in any case one of the best Danish comedies I have seen for years.
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