Review: A group of four high school teachers test the theory that keeping a constant blood alcohol level will affect their social and professional lives.
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Maria Bonnevie, Susse Wold, Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt and Martin Greis-Rosenthal
Genre: Comedy and Drama
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It is no means an easy watch. I felt that the ending really left with no conclusion and that it is up to us the viewers to make our own minds up as to what we think is going to happen. Thomas Vinterberg also directed the film The Hunt (2012) with Mads Mikkelsen, which was also a very hard-hitting subject. Mads Mikkelsen makes it all look so easy but I think he has got the hardest job of all of them and is exceptional in this. He gives a performance of a lifetime. This film is dedicated to Ida, Vinterberg’s 19-year-old daughter, who sadly died in a car crash just as production began. Instead of having two sons, the character played by Mads Mikkelsen was originally meant to have a son and a daughter (played by Vinterberg’s daughter). The main theme in this film is that it makes the four guys contemplate the way they give meaning and value to their lives. It also shows you how you can have joy in your life by drinking but also the dangers of being and getting drunk, and letting go to embrace life. At the Academy Awards in 2021 this won 1 Oscar for Best International Feature Film (Denmark). At the Bafta Awards in 2021 this won 1 for award for Best Film Not in the English Language.