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Men and Chicken

Mænd og høns

Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) and his brother Gabriel get down and dirty with the oddball inhabitants of a remote Danish island in this pitch black bawdy comedy.

Men and Chicken

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Director Anders Thomas Jensen
Producers Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson
Screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen
With Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Denmark-Germany 2015
104 mins
Production company M&M Productions

Elias (Mads Mikkelsen, poles apart here from his suave Hannibal incarnation) and Gabriel are brothers. They couldn’t be more dissimilar and have the strangest of fraternal bonds. A revelation after their father’s death sends them to the otherworldly island of Ork to try to make sense of who they are. It is one hell of a special place, where life is basic, humour is bawdy, pheromones rage, unusual passions are indulged and where you’re equally likely to get whacked with a blunt instrument as to be invited to indulge in a spot of bestiality. If that sounds a little weird… well, yes it is. Welcome to the dark and twisted mind of writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen. This extreme, animalistic comedy is black as pitch, but has the sweetest of hearts. The rest of the cast are knockout too, outrageously politically incorrect and sporting some truly extraordinary make-up and prosthetics.

Sarah Lutton

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