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Terribly Happy (2010)

Art House & International movie directed by Henrik Ruben Genz

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A Quiet Danish Psychological Thriller

  • Sep 13, 2010
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Robert is a Copenhagen cop who due to some problems is forced to move to a small Danish town far away from almost anything. As is often the case in these sorts of movies, the townspeople are weary of him, and he is having hard time fitting in this isolated community. He soon discovers that the police methods that might have been appropriate in a large, cosmopolitan Copenhagen are woefully inadequate and at odds with the way the townspeople carry their own affairs. As Robert tries to negotiate between doing the right thing and following the letter of the law, he entangles himself into a tragic incident that he is having the hard time extricating himself out of.

This is a very well done film that combines elements of film noir and several westerns that have been done on the theme of a new sheriff in town. Many scenes (especially the outdoors ones) are shot in a an artistic way that contribute to the mood of the film without making it unduly "artsy." The actors are well cast in their roles, almost to the point where it is hard to imagine that they are actually acting. The film also features many elements of dark comedy, although this is not the primary genre. Overall this is an interesting psychological thriller that feels more like a drama than a pure thriller. It is a refreshing alternative to the more intense and action-packed thrillers that dominate this genre these days.

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review by . August 22, 2010
Robert is a Copenhagen cop who due to some problems is forced to move to a small Danish town far away from almost anything. As is often the case in these sorts of movies, the townspeople are weary of him, and he is having hard time fitting in this isolated community. He soon discovers that the police methods that might have been appropriate in a large, cosmopolitan Copenhagen are woefully inadequate and at odds with the way the townspeople carry their own affairs. As Robert tries to negotiate between …
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Terribly Happy, the 2010 Danish Academy Awards submission for Best Foreign Film, has been compared to the Coen brothers' noir comediesBlood SimpleandFargo, but it also bears likeness to Roman Polanski's odd, psychological horror films likeThe Tenant. The deadpan comedy here is so bleak that it will hardly induce laughter, yet plot ironies that pile upon each other throughout make this story uniquely gruesome and uncanny. InTerribly Happy, policeman Robert Hansen (Jakob Cedergren) is relocated, as punishment, from Copenhagen to the small town of Skarrild in a flat, rural Danish county called South Jutland. Delivered to a deserted main street with a warning that major action may occur, Robert is hardly convinced that there will be a single activity to pass time. Slowly, through Robert, viewers meet and greet the quirky community characters, like Dr. Zerleng (Lars Brygmann), a poker-playing, drug-addled physician with access to the town secrets, and Ingerlise Buhl (Lene Maria Christensen), the town beauty who dates a beast, Jørgen (Kim Bodnia). Robert quickly discovers that disappearances in a nearby bog are obviously solvable crimes but are so covered up by the community that he must assimilate, through violence, in order to expose injustice. However, as this violence escalates, a miniature but brutal war between Robert and his antagonists ensues, leaving him ensnared in a swampy situation into which he sinks deeper and deeper. Part of the dry humor inTerribly ...
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Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
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