Men & Chicken
Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
Denmark | 104 minutes | North American Premiere
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Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) stars in this delirious comedy from Denmark's Anders Thomas Jensen (The Green Butchers), about two sadsack brothers who head to a dilapidated mansion on a remote island to meet their biological father — and their three seriously eccentric siblings.
The new film from outrageous Danish provocateur Anders Thomas Jensen (The Green Butchers) is a riotously transgressive satire on family and eugenics that doubles as a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on what makes us human. When brothers Gabriel (David Dencik) and Elias (Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen, sporting an outlandishly fake moustache) reunite to lay their father to rest, they're confronted with an unsettling bit of news: they were actually sired by someone they've never met. Seeking clues as to the origins of their respective hang-ups, the brothers head to the almost uninhabited island of Ork to meet their biological father. Arriving at the patriarch's dilapidated mansion, Gabriel and Elias meet their three other brothers, whose peculiarities make Gabriel and Elias look well-adjusted. Confronted with all manner of weirdness, Gabriel begins to unravel the family's myriad mysteries. Packed with acerbic wit and outlandish absurdity, Men & Chicken is "[a] tonally astounding, genre-confounding movie [that] offers a variation on the famous chicken-and-egg debate, being a twisted inquiry into the characters' origins and mankind's own search for meaning" (Variety).