Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)
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Robert has a number of skeletons in his cupboard, which he is determined to bury. Although, hardly his dream job, Robert sees the position of temporary village constable as a necessary stage on the road to rehabilitation. He just needs to do well and generally behave by the book. However, village life and the macabre provincial order turn out to be difficult to fit into Robert's plans. Nothing is ever straightforward, and certainly not when you are way out in the countryside.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lurid and stylish, this 2008 Danish feature plays like a cross between The Postman Always Rings Twice and High Noon, with a dash of Gothic thriller."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Terribly Happy must surely be the greatest Danish Western ever made."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
""Terribly Happy" is a little light on the plotting, going on narrative autopilot for the last third of the film instead of giving us a few extra turns of the screw for good measure."
‑ Rob Thomas, Wisconsin State Journal
"It has been aptly compared to the Coen Brothers and films like Blood Simple (1984)."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Obviously, the dark nature of the story will turn off some audiences. But the film will appeal to those who love the thriller genre..."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Entertaining and full of surprising twists, this highly cinematic tale of a Copenhagen policeman working punishment duty in the provinces plays with genre in a manner that can be compared with the Coen brothers or David Lynch."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"The characters are intended to be slightly stupid, but the writing isn't necessarily smarter."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Not quite a comedy but as darkly comic a crime drama as you'll find, this offbeat modern noir... is a weirdly compelling portrait of a town that has its own sense of justice..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"A nearly surreal Scandinavian crime thriller with noirish shades of a Stockholm syndrome kicking in, this creepy delight unfolds on the border somewhere between the Nordic boondocks and the Twilight Zone."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"With its fascinating story, perfect pacing and superbly moody camera work by cinematographer Jorgen Johansson, Terribly Happy takes you by a slow, purposeful surprise."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Genz creates a distinctive look and feel in the film. The town is drab, the people wrung out, and the moments of passion are smoothed back down into the tired routine."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The setting is stark and simple - a semi-deserted, two-street town amid long, flat marshland - but Director Henrik Ruben Genz infuses it all with a dark, twisted beauty."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Terribly Happy is a comedy of misdirection of the blackest hue..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Ganz cooks up a compelling paranoid mood,but there's not enough to sustain the tone, and eventually the movie burns itself out."
‑ Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
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