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Terror in off the beaten track Denmark,
This review is from: Terribly Happy (DVD)
Frygtelig Lykkelig (Terribly Happy) is a thoroughly enjoyable Danish film set in the remote South Jutland border town of Skarrild starring some of Denmark's finest acting talent. Fans of the original (Danish) version of The Killing will recognise two of the main players Jakob Cedergren (Phillip Dessau in The Killing 1) who stars as policeman Martin Hansen and Kim Bothnia (Bulow in The Killing 1) who has the role of Jørgen Buhl. Lars Brygmann (Rejseholdet and Forsvar) stars as Dr Zerlang.
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.