The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen)
The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) (2007)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 8, 2008
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83%


Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bothersome Man is a surreal, comedic meditation, thoughtfully and skillfully made.

Joshua Land
Time Out New York

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Like the Swedish/Norwegian Kitchen Stories, it's a thoughtful Scandinavian film with a bent sense of humor.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is a bizarre social satire that mixes the mild-mannered humor of Jacques Tati with stunningly gory slapstick.

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Rob Nelson
Village Voice

Director Jens Lien mostly favors the clean and bland, succumbing to much of the same pod-person impassivity that the movie purports to critique.

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian

Is it a religious allegory? Political statement? Horror film? Perhaps all three, perhaps none.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

[A] pitch-black, bone-dry comedy.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

If only all the production elements added up to great movie. Instead, they seem like window dressing on a sill looking out to nowhere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
This film depicts what I think we will have to face when we pass on, plain and simple boredom. forceful, twisted, bleak, funny and discouraging surrealism.
Lesley N
After jumping in front of a subway train, Andreas starts his afterlife being dropped off by a coach in the middle of nowhere and greeted by a man with a dusty… More
Gordon A
Beautifully constructed meditation on the point of living and how being immortal might effect it. Clinical cinematography and dry black humour add to the… More
William Goss
A very wry look at a purgatory of sheer bland.
Joey Shapiro
The Bothersome Man is an unusual movie that defies genre categorization to a certain degree, although it's closest to just being a drama. Unfortunately,… More
Lord Naseby
Well, I'm not sure what to think of this movie. I liked it. I liked it a lot. But it was extremely odd. The color scheme of this movie is very dull and… More