(2015, 104 mins, DCP)
In Danish with English subtitles
CAST David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Soren Malling, Nicolas Bro
When the man they knew as their father passes away, brothers Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) are in for a shock: turns out both were put up for adoption by their real dad, Evelio Thanatos. They track him down to a tiny island where he has been living in seclusion since being thrown out of the Danish scientific Academy. But before they meet the old man they will have to win the trust of three more brothers they never knew they had: hare-lipped over-grown adolescents, prone to violence, deeply suspicious, and a little too enamored of their livestock for comfort.
Taboo, or not taboo? This outrageous, philosophical farce crosses Hamlet with The Island of Dr Moreau, and perhaps a smattering of Step Brothers… Call it what you will, it’s a wildly unorthodox comedy which couches some deep thinking about genetics, nature vs nurture, and bestial behaviour in slapstick pratfalls, dumb and dumber jokes, and good old fashioned sibling rivalry. This is Mads Mikkelsen as you have never seen him before!
"If Franz Kafka had ever devised a film for the Three Stooges, it might look something like Men & Chicken. Prolific screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen’s first film as a director in ten years is a joyously eccentric, darkly comic fairytale that combines screwball farce and slapstick violence with philosophical musings on the clash between religion and science. Bracingly original, defying easy classification and often uproariously funny…" Allan Hunter, Screen International