Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Lourdes Faberes, Thomas Hwan, Anders Wallin
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes.
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Releasing Date: 24 April 2014 (Denmark)
P: P ti-roll stands of course for Persbrandt, Michael, which completely rules the role of famous singers with a history of alcohol and drug problems. Persbrandt is mostly good when he gets a really juicy character to get your teeth into, although he at times tends to play and take in until ” sharten “is near. This role is certainly both easy and difficult for him, easy for the character (probably) has many similarities with himself and difficult because he has recently been convicted of drug offenses (wonder how many demons that exorciserades in working on the film).
We follow Pers Brandt’s character when he for the first time in a long time, to record an album, returning to Denmark from his home in Los Angeles. It’s his invaluable producer, nicely played by mostly interesting Trine Dyrholm, who wants to be there and get beautifully Persbrandt go there even if he is not all that eager to visit the country. Once there, he meets soon his past in the form of a daughter he barely had contact with her son. When she had put on drug rehab to not lose their high paying jobs so goes Persbrandt, reluctantly, agreed to fit her son (his grandson). This was the start of the tumultuous event entanglements (which I do not want spoila).
Pers Brandt’s character’s songs are fun, they say something about the main character and his past and present while they are parodies of “deep” men singing about how hard their heterosexual and privileged life is. It would not surprise me if they are successful hits in gubbrock circuits. Where the film falters a bit is in the finish which is somewhat sanitized and escapist, the film’s emotional impact would have been greater without the epilogue, that does not feel entirely consistent.