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Druk (2020)

Director:
Thomas Vinterberg

INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Another Round

COUNTRY
Denmark/Sweden/
Netherlands

Genre
Drama/Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Ett glass til

RUNNING TIME
117 minutes

Producer:
Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Kasper Dissing

Screenwriter:
Thomas Vinterberg
Tobias Lindholm


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Martin Mads Mikkelsen
Tommy Thomas Bo Larsen
Peter Lars Ranthe ½
Nikolaj Magnus Millang
Anika Maria Bonnevie ½
Rektor Susse Wold -
Jonas Magnus Sjørup -
Kasper Silas Cornelius Van -
Sebastian Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt -
Malthe Frederik W. Rasmussen -

 

Review

We all know alcohol isn't the answer to all our problems, but how undercommunicated is it not in our moralistic times that it may be the answer to a few of them? This is the starting point for Thomas Vinterberg's latest feature, Druk. A film about four burnt-out, middle-aged gymnasium teachers who decide to conduct a quasi-scientific project based on a hypothesis from Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud which theorizes that humans ought to have been born with a blood alchohol content of 0.05. Although there's an obvious folly to the basic concept here, the film's heart and wonderful understanding of its characters and the situations they find themselves in soon take dominance and elevate the discussions on alcohol from lightweight to highly perceptive. And as always with Vinterberg's films, there's no lecturing, no preconceptions, only a wonderful delve into a sea of dilemmas and paradoxes. Vinterberg wants to strip his characters, to free them from the constraints of society so that they can rediscover themselves. And in what better way could this possibly have been visualized than through Druk's beautiful ending. Mads Mikkelsen's complete, soul-searching performance is arguably his most accomplished to date. And his three companions all give heartfelt, sympathetic performances, particularly Lars Ranthe as the music teacher Peter.

Copyright © 02.04.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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