He has surpassed himself with his fifth film in terms of popularity, reviews, and soon tickets. “Flashing Lights”, “The Green Butchers”, “Adam’s Apples”, “Men and Chickens” and “Flashing Lights” are among the director’s most quotable and deeply funny works.
The good one-liners and entertainment value have not been compromised; we are just more moved than usual in Jensen’s colored universe.
Nicolas Bro, Andrea Heick Gadeberg, and Lars Brygmann compete to steal all the scenes in a subtle tale of coincidences, violence, trauma, and family. The result was one of the year’s best movie experiences.
His character, Markus, is called back from Afghanistan after his wife is killed in a train accident. He has a unique set of skills, but emotional intelligence is not one of them. Markus refuses therapy and has trouble connecting with his daughter. Luckily, Otto (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a math nerd on the same train as Markus’ wife, arrives. Les Brygmann) and Emmenthaler, his oddball sidekicks, accompany him (Nicolas Bro). They believe the crash was a targeted killing by a violent biker gang.
The three delta males assist Mikkelsen’s alpha male on his mission. But things don’t go as planned. The plan quickly spirals out of control, and the three geeks become Markus’ and his daughter’s personal advisors. Lennart boasts of over 4,000 hours of therapy. The screwball caper plot (written by Anders Thomas Jensen and Nikolaj Arcel) should never work, but it does, almost in Coen brothers style. Some delightfully absurd and audacious comedy helps down the delightfully damaged characters and intelligent musings on fate, coincidence, and trauma.