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It is absolutely funny, sometimes makes you laugh out loud, sometimes simply makes you shake your head delightedly. It is different from any other movie I have seen so far and has been one of my favourite movies of the last 5 years at least. If you need comparisons: The one with the Coen Brothers is probably one of the best. One particular movie that came to my mind while watching "TH" was "Very bad things" - maybe that helps...
Terribly happy has a great story, told in a rather slow tempo, the main characters are very well developed - but whenever you think you know them, there'll be something happening, that makes the whole thing turn into another direction. Very psychological, strange, sometimes irritating, on the other hand beautifully photographed, always surprising, simply lovable and most of all damn funny - that's what "Terribly happy" is!!!
(sorry for my english - this was my first movie review ever...)
The abusive husband eventually figures out that Robert killed his wife, and seeks revenge. Robert then shoots and kills the husband. Neighboring police investigate, and whitewash Robert's involvement. Thinking he's off the hook Robert prepares to leave, only to be confronted by three townspeople (including Dr. Quack) who reveal that they know the entire story, and will leak details unless he stays. Their motivation - to ensure a fourth player at their nightly card games.
In any case, Terribly Happy isn't terribly funny or terribly sad or terribly anything except maybe slow by Hollywood standards, but it moves along at exactly the right pace to tell this tale in less than 100 minutes (three cheers for concision!). It's a very low-key movie with a simple plot that's all about character development, and for me it worked very nicely indeed. There's not a weak actor in the bunch, the script is crisp and knowing, and the story is unpredictable enough to keep it all interesting. Even the subtitles are perfectly done, a nice change from so many foreign films. You've never seen Denmark in this light is my guess, and the lack of dubbing is perfect; the rhythms of Danish in various mouths are a big part of what makes this work.
As to comparisons with the Coens et al, I can see that a bit, but better to just say that TH is its own animal and well worth watching, especially for its ever more unique charm of being almost violence-free. If you've ever lived in a really small town then you'll get this one all the way home, and its ending will resonate for quite a while with most anyone.
Tightly wound policeman Robert Hansen (Cedergren) is transferred from Copenhagen to Skarrild after a mental breakdown and an initially unspecified infraction. In Skarrild the clannish locals dislike by-the-book law enforcement, relying instead on their own unique brand of frontier justice, and outsiders either adapt or disappear. Skarrild's main police business appears to be shoplifting. We meet a femme fatale - oversexed Ingerlise (Lene Marie Christensen), a bully of a drunk, a doctor of dubious ethics and a bog where inconvenient secrets are sent to die.
My favourite part of the film was the drinking showdown between Martin and Jørgen - pretty different to your average twist. The story leaves you guessing at every turn. One question which lingers throughout is whether or not Dr Zerlang will find a fourth member of his card club.
This film is a real treat and kept my interest all the way through to the thrilling conclusion.
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Not to sure why the title of this Danish film translates as Terribly Happy, unless it's because the main character a police officer being transferred to this small rural farming... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James N Simpson
A typical Scandinavian film of the contemporary times. Terribly Happy (2008) comes from a country that gave us actors like:
Viggo Mortensen, Mads Mikkelsen, Connie Nielsen,... Read more
As a collector of Danish language movies, i found this one appealing. My Uncle suggested I get them framed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tony
Caught. Watch out what you wish for.
It's an amazing tale and the photography is superb and mirrors the claustrophobia of life at the edges of existence in Scandinavia. Read more
I usually like movies from Denmark, but this was a terrible disappointment. When I think of this movie symbolically, there are redeeming qualities, but otherwise not.Published 21 months ago by Barbara J London
I don't want to give a single thing away so all I will say is if you really want to watch one hell of a movie this is the one to watch. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Maria P. Mason
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