Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident ... See full summary »
Anders Thomas Jensen
Nikolaj Lie Kaas,
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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
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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