U.S. theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Henrik Ruben Genz|
|Produced by||Tina Dalhoff
|Written by||Henrik Ruben Genz (screenplay)
Dunja Gry Jensen (screenplay)
Erling Jepsen (novel)
Lene Maria Christensen
|Music by||Kaare Bjerkø|
|Edited by||Kasper Leick|
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Robert (Jakob Cedergren) -- a Copenhagen city policeman -- is sent for therapy, and then is assigned to a small town in South Jutland. Robert is reassigned to a sleepy town in rural Denmark, and struggles to maintain order in his new jurisdiction, a lawless place where the only rules are those dictated -- and enforced -- by local thug and serial wife-beater Jorgen (Kim Bodnia). As the indifferent townspeople dismiss Robert's attempts at police work, he nurses a fixation with Jorgen's spouse, Ingerlise (Lene Maria Christensen).
- Jakob Cedergren as Robert Hansen
- Lene Maria Christensen as Ingerlise Buhl
- Kim Bodnia as Jørgen Buhl
- Lars Brygmann as Dr. Zerleng
- Anders Hove as Købmand Moos
- Jens Jørn Spottag as Politimester
- Henrik Lykkegaard as Præst
- Bodil Jørgensen as Bartender
- Peter Hesse Overgaard as Helmuth
- Niels Skousen as Hansi
- Lars Lunøe as Nissum
- Sune Q. Geertsen as 'Øko' Tage (credited as Sune Geertsen)
- Mathilde Maack as Dorthe
- An Le as Fru Købmand Moos
- Taina Anneli R. Berg as Lone 'TP' (credited as Taina Anneli Berg)
- Puk Scharbau as Hannes Stemme (voice)
- Kenn Bruun as Svend 'Mangler Penge'
- Mads Ole Langelund Larsen as Knud 'Langfinger'
- Joakim Schierning as Jannik
- Bent Larsen as Betjent
- Thorkild Demuth as Naboen
The film received strong reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows that 89% of 46 critics (all but one of the top 16 critics) gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.3 out of 10, concluding that "this knotty Danish noir thriller steers audiences into some nicely unexpected territory." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 1–100 reviews from film critics, gives a rating score of 74 based on 18 reviews.
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