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Terribly Happy

3.9 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Robert Hanson (Jakob Cedergren) is a Copenhagen police officer transferred to a small provincial town following a nervous breakdown. Set to take up the mysteriously vacated job as town marshal, Robert quickly finds himself mixed up in a community governed by its own rules. Robertas big city temperament makes it impossible for him to fit in, or understand the uncivilized, bizarre behavior displayed by the townspeople: the sultry blond femme fatale, the ten-gallon hat and bolo-wearing town bully, and the sinister doctor with a penchant for maniacal cackling. Not to mention the bog, where things go to adisappear.a TERRIBLY HAPPY quickly spirals into an intense fable reminiscent of the Coen Brothersa BLOOD SIMPLE and David Lynchas BLUE VELVET.

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Terribly Happy, the 2010 Danish Academy Awards submission for Best Foreign Film, has been compared to the Coen brothers' noir comedies Blood Simple and Fargo, but it also bears likeness to Roman Polanski's odd, psychological horror films like The Tenant. The deadpan comedy here is so bleak that it will hardly induce laughter, yet plot ironies that pile upon each other throughout make this story uniquely gruesome and uncanny. In Terribly Happy, policeman Robert Hansen (Jakob Cedergren) is relocated, as punishment, from Copenhagen to the small town of Skarrild in a flat, rural Danish county called South Jutland. Delivered to a deserted main street with a warning that major action may occur, Robert is hardly convinced that there will be a single activity to pass time. Slowly, through Robert, viewers meet and greet the quirky community characters, like Dr. Zerleng (Lars Brygmann), a poker-playing, drug-addled physician with access to the town secrets, and Ingerlise Buhl (Lene Maria Christensen), the town beauty who dates a beast, Jørgen (Kim Bodnia). Robert quickly discovers that disappearances in a nearby bog are obviously solvable crimes but are so covered up by the community that he must assimilate, through violence, in order to expose injustice. However, as this violence escalates, a miniature but brutal war between Robert and his antagonists ensues, leaving him ensnared in a swampy situation into which he sinks deeper and deeper. Part of the dry humor in Terribly Happy relies on teasing its podunk, zombielike characters, and part of it is in the crime plot that reaches an absurd plateau as the last bodies are dredged out of sludge. While the film is highly individualistic and the script well written, the pacing feels weighted down in the mud that permeates the setting. Its slow-moving approach to crescendo may be seen as a drag to some, while to others it will mark another success in the film's aim to show how a dreadfully dull setting induces insanity. --Trinie Dalton

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  • Actors: Jakob Cedergren, Lene Maria Christensen, Kim Bodnia
  • Directors: Henrik Ruben Genz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IM9JWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terribly Happy" on IMDb

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This movie definitely deserves to be watched - and to be rated (by those having watched it!)!

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...)
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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. Fantastic acting and I guarantee sweaty palms. I will say there is one scene, alone in this movie that was for me a reason to watch this movie more than once. It takes place in a bar. This is now one of my top ten favorite movies of all time. The story is amazing and based on fact. The world is indeed a very strange place. A+++++++++
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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, and film director Nicolas Winding Refn. Terribly Happy is a film about a cop who suffers mental breakdown in his home town of Copenhagen and consequently is transferred to a small village, where there are more cows than people. The tiny town holds its own dark secrets...and its citizens have their own way of executing justice. Long story short, the new deputy of the village gets unintentionally mixed up in private affairs of some of the villagers, after which the story unfolds like in a twilight-zone...

For the fans of strong European cinema...and dark comedies.
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As a collector of Danish language movies, i found this one appealing. My Uncle suggested I get them framed. If you've ever run into a soild bar before breakfast you'd take this as a horror too. But there is something wrong it not being already x rated as is. The script is there but there is random violence for no running reason
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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 town and every single towns person is terribly unhappy and the title is just playing on that. It's a dark film, similar sort of plot to Hot Fuzz but not so much a comedy. Basically a police officer who used to work in Copenhagen is sent to this town due to events that happened back there that you'll learn about near the end of the film. He doesn't want to be there, that's pretty obvious to the locals and in case they missed it, he isn't averse to telling them he's only there temporarily. The locals live by their own rules and expect him to pick up the same role that the former town police officer did such as when the shopkeeper catches a kid stealing he wants the kid given a quick beating to deter him from doing it again, but not to file a complaint. The town bully openly backarms a kid across the face a few times right in front of him and warns him off interacting with his wife who he says make up stories. She says he beats her and the town folk tells him whenever their little girl pushes a squeaky pram around town that's what happening back home.

There's plenty of muddy boot action, not a lot of gun action, some people do die though. It's a dark film worth watching that has a few light moments. If you don't mind reading a good movie this isn't a bad choice.
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Copenhagen cop Robert Hansen (Jakob Cedergren) makes a bad mistake. As a consequence he is assigned to Skarrild, a dismal village in South Jutland, a place of cows, mud and soggy fields, of surly villagers and with a bog nearby where problems seem to disappear. Sometimes, the villagers force wrong doers to walk into the bog.

Hansen, 30, lonely, unsure of himself, is not welcome. He's ignored and made fun of. The town bully, Jorgen Buhl (Kim Bodnia), gets far more respect than he does. When Hansen meets Jorgen's wife, Ingerlise (Lene Maria Christensen), he learns she is regularly beaten. But Jorgen says his wife does it to herself. And there's their creepy little girl who wanders around town pushing a baby carriage. Before too long Hansen has become too close to Ingerlise. Then there's a death. Hansen soon learns Jorgen doesn't care for him at all.

Terribly Happy is a tight, dangerous film with a good deal of wicked black humor. If you enjoy the Coen's sense of justice and humor, you'll enjoy this well-made movie.
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A Copenhagen cop (Robert) is sent to an isolated town (Skarrild) because he pulled a gun on his wife and her lover. Robert resigns himself to 'serving out his time' while being a good policeman, then returning to his former job. However, he soon becomes involved with a domestic violence situation involving an attractive woman who cannot tear herself away from her abusive husband, or even file a police report on him. Eventually this 'Russian roulette' results in her accidental death at Robert's hands - he's trying to silence her loud moaning after they have sex while her husband is looking for him, and ends up suffocating her. However, viewers also learn that the local physician (self-described 'Dr. Quack') has also given her an overdose of pills. To cover up both his own and Robert's complicity Dr. Quack issues a death certificate citing heart failure as the cause. This absolves the abusive husband of any responsibility, but the town also realizes they are all contributing factors for failing to do anything about the on-going abuse. The townspeople try to assuage their guilt by marching the husband into the bog - to be sucked under; policeman Bob, however, rescues the husband.

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.
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