Terribly Happy

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Terribly Happy (Danish: Frygtelig lykkelig)
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U.S. theatrical release poster
Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz
Produced by Tina Dalhoff
Thomas Gammeltoft
Written by Henrik Ruben Genz (screenplay)
Dunja Gry Jensen (screenplay)
Erling Jepsen (novel)
Starring Jakob Cedergren
Lene Maria Christensen
Music by Kaare Bjerkø
Cinematography Jørgen Johansson
Release date(s) October 2, 2008 (2008-10-02)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Box office $165,000

Terribly Happy (Danish: Frygtelig lykkelig) is a 2008 Danish film directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, based on Erling Jepsen's novel of the same name from 2004.

The film was first shown in the film industry at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July 2008, in the Czech Republic, and was one of the Karlovy Vary Award Winners 2008.

It was the official submission of Denmark for the category of Best Foreign Language Film for the 82nd Academy Awards in March 2010.[1]

This film has been compared, in concept, to two films by the Coen brothers: Blood Simple (1985) and No Country for Old Men (2007).[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The film is about a policeman, Robert Hansen, from Copenhagen who makes a mistake, is sent for therapy, and then is assigned to a small town in South Jutland.[1] The interactions are intense between the small town people and the big city policeman now living there. The classic complicated issues of small town life are rephrased many times in the film.


  1. ^ a b Frygtelig lykkelig at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "IFFBoston Screening Series: Terribly Happy", Independent Film Festival of Boston, March 4, 2010. "Quickly spiraling into an intense fable reminiscent of the Coen Brothers’ BLOOD SIMPLE and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, director Henrik Ruben Genz displays a unique and sometimes macabre vision of the darkest depths to which people will go to achieve a sense of security and belonging."

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