Teddy Bear 2012 PG-13 CC

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Desperate for true love, painfully shy bodybuilder Dennis escapes the watch of his domineering mother and travels to Thailand in search of the love of his life. WINNER - Directing Award - Sundance FF.

Starring:
Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

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Genres Drama, International
Director Mads Matthiesen
Starring Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft
Supporting actors Elsebeth Steentoft, Chanicha Shindejanichakul, Lamaiporn Hougaard, John Winters, Barbara Zatler, Per Otto Bersang Rasmussen, Mia Maria Back, Prap Poramabhuti, Patrick Johnson, Eva Thompson, Allan Mogensen, Preutsaran Detcheewa, Sukianya Suwan, Paweena Im-Erb, Kritsania Promsiriruk, Songporn Na Bangchang, Suwasan Kanta-Anontapon, Izabella Olsen-Østergaard
Studio Film Movement
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I finally got around to watching it a little bit ago, and sure enough, the movie was great.
Armando N. Roman
If I have plenty of time, I like "quiet" movies; but if I'm feeling stressed, I frankly don't have the patience for that type of film.
K. Conner
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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2 of 2 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 K. Conner on March 26, 2013
Format: DVD
I like (good) foreign films, and don't see too many from Denmark. If I have plenty of time, I like "quiet" movies; but if I'm feeling stressed, I frankly don't have the patience for that type of film. This movie was an exception! Rarely have I seen a "quiet" movie that completely captured my attention like Teddy Bear did. The ideas were interesting, Thailand was extremely realistic, and the guy can portray so much emotion with so few words that both my husband and I were impressed. Conclusion: unless you hate subtitles, I'd highly recommend this! =)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. on May 31, 2013
Format: DVD
Dennis is not the most interesting character ever to lead a movie. He may be the worst. He has no personality, rarely smiles, is horrible at human interaction, and is under the thumb of his nasty mum.. So what does he do? He goes to Pattaya, Thailand, where he proves to be horrible at picking up girls. The only really interesting interaction he has is with a hunky Thai bodybuilder. But, after a false start, he finds the woman he wants and brings her home. What the attraction is is never shown. Predictable, mummy is unhappy, and, as a viewer, I was too. We never find out what makes Dennis tick. Or why someone wanted to make such a boring film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Hole In The Floor on May 5, 2013
Format: DVD
Dennis (Kim Kold) is a bodybuilder in his late thirties who still lives at home with his domineering mother, Ingrid (Elsebeth Steentoft). Despite his size, Dennis is meek and shy, and desperately lonely. So when a relative brings home a "mail-order bride" from Thailand, Dennis is motivated to make his own pilgrimage. And Dennis does find love, even if not quite where he expected.

Until "Teddy Bear", I don't think I'd ever seen a serious, respectful portrayal of a bodybuilder in a non-documentary film. Dennis is an extremely sympathetic character, and Kold, the real-life 2006 Danish National Bodybuilding Champion, is wonderful: amazingly stoic yet capable of conveying joy or heartbreak with just subtle shifts in his facial expression. Dennis' happiness is infectious in the few scenes that take place in the gym, the only place he's truly comfortable. And you root for Dennis to find the same fulfillment in the rest of his life.

But I still found "Teddy Bear" to be hard going. It sits squarely in the genre of modern indie films that shun forward momentum in favor of awkward pauses and long, drawn-out moments of silent contemplation. In the abstract, I appreciate the naturalism, but I confess to being a product of my sound-bite generation. Even with Kold's outstanding performance, if not for the bodybuilding subject matter, I would have turned this off long before the 92-minute running time was over.

That being said, "Teddy Bear" is actually an expansion of "Dennis", a 2007 short about the same character, from the same director and also starring Kold. The short has all the depressing parts of "Teddy Bear" without any of the uplift. It also shares the same glacial pace and outstanding acting. Happily, it's available to view on YouTube; if you enjoy "Dennis", you'll almost certainly enjoy "Teddy Bear" as well.
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