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October 31, 2008

>Burn After Reading + Terribly Happy


I rarely can make serious observations out of most of the Coen Brothers films, and I guess that’s how they’re supposed to be, although some people might see something profound underneath, and that’s completely fine as well, after all, that’s what good films are for. Burn After Reading might be one of these cases: it’s goofy funny with its stupid characters, nonsense in its plot, it makes you giggle here and there, until it climaxes in the most hilarious and creepest way. Actually one of its funniest scenes could be the most tragic one in another film. But this is a Coen film! (and thank God, for that). Burn After Reading (2008) Directed by Ethan & Joel Coen. Starring: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt.

I haven’t seen a lot of contemporary danish movies, except for two Susanne Bier films now and then, and Lars Von Trier’s projects in english language. Most of all danish films I saw are those Dogma films made in the 1990s, like Festen. Therefore I didn’t quite know what to expect from Frygtelig Lykkelig (in the original title), a story that takes place in the country side, more precisely in a small town/village with very peculiar people, who have their own law and don’t accept outside interference very well: children who steal small shops don’t receive a warning, they’re spanked; a woman is phisically abused by her husband, but her bruises don’t shock anyone. When an outsider comes in the form of a policeman, things won’t change in people’s lives and their way of doing things, however, it’s the outsider who will incorporate their methods little by little, despite trying to make justice in the beggining. His sense of justice is firstly attracted by the wounded woman, who won’t hesitate to seduce him even in the most bizarre situations. Terribly Happy has elements of a classic noir film, like its dark cinematography, the femme fatale, subtitle violence and crime. Frygtelig Lykkelig (2008) Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz. Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Kim Bodnia, Lars Brygmann, Lene Maria Christensen.