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The Bench (2000)

Bænken (original title)
Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. Him and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj's life turns upside down when a young lady and her child moves in next to him.

Director:

Per Fly

Writers:

Kim Leona (screenplay), Per Fly (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesper Christensen ... Kaj
Marius Sonne Janischefska Marius Sonne Janischefska ... Jonas
Stine Holm Joensen Stine Holm Joensen ... Liv
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Stig
Jens Albinus ... Kim
Sarah Boberg ... Connie (as Sarah Kjærgaard Boberg)
Benjamin Boe Rasmussen Benjamin Boe Rasmussen ... Bo
Lars Brygmann ... Lars
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Kaptajnen
Holger Perfort Holger Perfort ... Hr. Nandrup
Britta Lillesøe Britta Lillesøe ... Lis
John Martinus John Martinus ... Toiletpasser
Petrine Agger Petrine Agger ... Sygeplejerske
Ann Kristine Schmidt Ann Kristine Schmidt ... Receptionist
Anette Støvelbæk ... Kims Nabo
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Storyline

Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. Him and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj's life turns upside down when a young lady and her child moves in next to him.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A pad See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,190,251
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Jesper Christensen spent time with real-life destitute persons in order to prepare for his role. See more »

Goofs

Kaj's name on the letterbox reappears after he has destroyed it. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bænken - med virkeligheden som udgangspunkt (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

My Tomorrow
Lyrics by Maya Albana
Music by Maya Albana and Halfdan E
Performed by Maya Albana
Produced by Halfdan E and Lars Daniel Terkelsen
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Excellent drama about forgiveness and more
29 November 2000 | by GyldmarkSee all my reviews

Brilliant movie. Jesper Christensen puts his soul into this part as Kaj, who drinks so much, he's dying. Suddenly his daughter appears, who he has not seen since she was about 4 years, so she can't recognize him. She has a son now, and a violent husband. Kaj just hangs out with the locals on a bench, drinking beers and stronger stuff. He's sunken so low, he's negative towards everything and everybody. But now, where he has a grandson, he wants to pull himself up - to live again. But is it too late? It's so great to watch the similar reality these actors/actresses has put in their roles. Jesper Christensen really deserves some important awards for this part. I also enjoyed Halfdan E.'s score very much.


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