The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen)
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A 40-year-old man arrives in a mysteriously idyllic city with no memory of having traveled there, only to realize that there is something decidedly sinister about his emotionally sterile new home in director Jens Lien's surreal, genre-jumping mystery. Shortly after arriving in the curiously colorless city, Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvag) is presented with a new apartment and told to report to the office where his amiable new boss, Håvard (Johannes Joner), will provide him with all the details of his new accounting job. Friendship seems to come fast and flavorless in this new town, and no one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"This absurdist black comedy from Norway is unlike any other movie you'll see this year, but as allegory, it's a bit too literal-minded."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"A surreal nightmare of gleaming surfaces and razor-sharp edges, The Bothersome Man unfolds in a sterile city where nothing is quite as it seems."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Like the Swedish/Norwegian Kitchen Stories, it's a thoughtful Scandinavian film with a bent sense of humor."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Bothersome Man is a stark yet strangely lyrical, multi-layered dirge for the absurdity of human fate in the face of figuratively deadening social conformity, and on the other hand, literal mortality."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"There are several ways to take this bothersome trifle, none of which are at all resonant."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"This is a bizarre social satire that mixes the mild-mannered humor of Jacques Tati with stunningly gory slapstick."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Director Jens Lien mostly favors the clean and bland, succumbing to much of the same pod-person impassivity that the movie purports to critique."
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"Is it a religious allegory? Political statement? Horror film? Perhaps all three, perhaps none."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"An absurdly funny dystopian allegory that can proudly hold its own next to Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 and Terry Gilliam's Brazil."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a delectable premise, rendered with smooth efficiency but we never really get beneath the surface of this shallow parallel reality."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"[A] pitch-black, bone-dry comedy."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"If only all the production elements added up to great movie. Instead, they seem like window dressing on a sill looking out to nowhere."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A deliberate, thought-provoking, existential meditation on the curse of creating a neverending heaven on Earth."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"This Ikea-furnished existential crisis marks Lien out as a talent to watch for the future."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
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