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Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder, would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a woman from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find there. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany for a competition. Hectic Pattaya turns out to be a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls shatter Dennis' naive picture of what love should be like, and he is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the woman of his dreams. There may be hope for him yet, if only he can confront his mother

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A pleasurable character study [TEDDY BEAR] has a restrained charm and an emotional payoff. -- Hollywood Reporter

Sweet and steady...You want him to find love [and] it all pays off --Christopher Campbell, indieWIRE

Sweet and steady...You want him to find love [and] it all pays off --Christopher Campbell, indieWIRE

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  • Actors: Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft, Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard
  • Directors: Mads Matthiesen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Danish, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008GWJJ3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It was so good I decided to add it to my personal collection.
Valerie P. Turner
Dennis still has trouble talking to women, even when they're all over him, and it seems like the gentle giant might have made a bad choice.
Armando N. Roman
In all, this is a great "family drama" and props to Kim Kold as Dennis, who give a masterful performance.
Paul Allaer

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2012
Format: DVD
I am a long-time fan of the Film Movement DVD library of foreign and indie movies, and earlier this year I finally entered a subscription to the monthly releases. This is the most recent (August, 2012) release.

"Teddy Bear" (2011 release from Denmark; 96 min.) brings the story of Dennis, a 38 yr. professional body-builder looking for the right girl. Any girl for that matter who will just take a liking to him. The movie opens with Dennis on a date with a girl, and it's just a terrible date. Soon after we learn that Dennis still lives with his mom, who disapproves of any forays by Dennis in the dating scene (Dennis had to lie about even being that bad date). Mom and Dennis attend a wedding ceremony of Mom's brother with a girl from Thailand whom he met there and then moved her to Denmark. Dennis, desparate at this point, agrees to take a vacation to Thailand (without Mom knowing, of course). All of this develops in the first 30 min. of the movie. To give more away from the plot would ruin your viewing experience. But let me assure you, you will be surprised by the twist and turns in the last hour of the movie.

In all, this is a great "family drama" and props to Kim Kold as Dennis, who give a masterful performance. But wait, there is more! The DVD comes with 2 additional features from director Mads Matthiesen. First there is the equally excellent 26 min. family drama "Cathrine" (a young girl dating an older guy, despite the disapproval of her controlling parents). And to top it off there is also the 15 min. "Dennis", which was the original shortie from which the feature developed (but with different actors and story line). If you like a quality foreign movie, "Teddy Bear" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CriticNic on April 21, 2013
Format: DVD
The idea of a bodybuilder who's never had a girlfriend searching for love could almost sound like a farcical sex comedy on the surface. However, Teddy Bearis anything but that. The film, starring real life bodybuilder Kim Kold as Dennis, a 38 year old single bodybuilder who lives at home with his controlling mother is as serious and genuine as you can get.

Dennis is tired of still feeling like a child at home. He tries his hand at the dating scene, where he needs to lie to his mother who he knows wouldn't approve of him dating, but never has any success. While attending the wedding of his uncle, he sees there love and wants to obtain what they have. His uncle eventually talks him into visiting Thailand, where he met his wife, explaining to him how it's easier to be social and find love in the foreign land.

When Dennis leaves Denmark and arrives in Thailand, after lying to his mother about where he is going of course, it's not quite what he had imagined based on his uncle's stories. He draws attention everywhere he goes, likely due mostly to his size, and finds that the Thai women are too forward (and often come with a price tag). He's about to give up hope on this venture as well, until he decides to work out at the local gym. There he meets a new friend, an aspiring bodybuilder and becomes attracted to the gym's owner, Toi.

Dennis knows what he feels for Toi is different than anything he's felt before, but his lack of experience or knowledge of the Thai customs put a few obstacles in his way. The drama of Dennis falling in love, facing his fears and dealing with his mother play out with sincerity and a realism that make you forget Dennis is a bodybuilder. We realize that he is a person with his own struggles, just like the rest of us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on October 31, 2013
Format: DVD
We happened upon writer/director Mads Matthiesen's 'Teddy Bear' as part of the 'Film Movement' series. Of the five films from the series that we've watched recently, this one was the stand-out. Real-life bodybuilder turned not-so-bad-at-all actor, Kim Kold, portrays Dennis, looking for long-term love after an increasingly lonely life of gyms and life with Mom. To say Mom is a bit overbearing doesn't come close. The movie's artful juxtaposition is of the hulking, immense physical presence of Dennis vs. his infantilization at the hands of his mother.

After watching the 'success' of an uncle in plucking a bride from Thailand, Dennis furtively sets off to do the same. Matthiesen's sharp eye does great work there capturing the jarring size difference of Dennis vs the slight Thais. The best scene: Dennis, resplendent in new custom sports coat (jauntily paired with shorts) walks down a nightlife district with girls one-third his size throwing themselves at him on offer. There's another scene or two capturing the louche debauchery of the westerner's 'sex holiday.'

Our man Dennis will have none of the that. He's clearly uncomfortable with the scene. You root for him. Ultimately, he finds his prize in the place he feels most at home: the gym. Toi (Lamaiporn Hougaard), the object of Dennis' bashful attention, is winning in her low-key ways. A nice match for Dennis.

Things get excruciating for everyone (including the viewer) when Toi lands in Denmark. Dennis hasn't come clean with his mother on his trip and its outcome. Something's got to give. It's compelling viewing to watch it all come out.

Newcomer Hougaard is wonderful here - a Thai immigrant living in Denmark, Matthiesen plucked her off the street for the role. She's got a nice, natural presence on the screen.
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