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Mænd & høns (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 5 February 2015 (Denmark)
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Two outcast brothers, through getting to know their unknown family, discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Dencik ... Gabriel
Mads Mikkelsen ... Elias
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Gregor
Søren Malling ... Franz
Nicolas Bro ... Josef
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stine Engberg Andersen Stine Engberg Andersen ... Epilog pige I
Rikke Louise Andersson ... Sara
Ulla Asbjørn-Damsted Ulla Asbjørn-Damsted ... Gæst
Thor Bisbjerg Thor Bisbjerg ... Hvid kittel II
Valdemar Bemmann Bredning Valdemar Bemmann Bredning ... Boy I
Lisbet Dahl Lisbet Dahl ... Susan
Johnny Didriksen Johnny Didriksen ... Hvid kittel V
Matti Ehlers Matti Ehlers ... Dreng børnehaven
Daniel Engstrup Daniel Engstrup ... Hvid kittel I
Jens Fitzau Jens Fitzau ... Tjener I
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Gabriel and Elias are two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. During a lecture Gabriel receives a phone call. Their father is dead. Things take a turn when the brothers learn through a videotape recorded by their now late father, that he in fact wasn't their biological father. Gabriel and Elias discover that their biological father lives on the island Ork. They set out to the island and here they meet their real family. The brothers' first meeting with the family doesn't go as expected. Gabriel and Elias are stranded in the marshland of Ork. Here they meet the mayor of Ork and his daughter Ellen, a neurotic woman who hates her life, herself, her father and the island. Surrounded by abnormal people, Gabriel and Elias discover the truth about themselves and their relatives. A truth that while paralyzing them also sets them free. Written by Anders Thomas Jensen

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Man vælger ikke selv sin familie (You don't choose your own family)


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Denmark | Germany

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

5 February 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Men & Chicken See more »

Filming Locations:

Beelitz, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,654, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,127, 26 June 2016
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Fabulous film; mistranslated title
10 July 2015 | by kentfx-1See all my reviews

As good a film as I've seen in years; I can't wait to start dragging friends over to watch it with strong cheese and beer.

I do have a serious question about the title, though. Translated into English, the Danish title would be "Men and Hens", which is ambiguous and quite amusing. Instead, someone at the distribution end renamed it "Men and Chicken", which at first glance just looks like bad English (shouldn't there be an "s" at the end?), and at second glance hints at pedophilia.

Is that really the best way to sell a clever and serious film with very dark philosophical overtones?

Regardless, anyone who likes thoughtful and utterly unexpected twists in their stories should see "Men and Hens". You'll love it.


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