Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Denmark / 2020 / 116 min
In Danish with English subtitles
Q&A with Vinterberg and Mads Mikkelsen, moderated by Tamara Jenkins
Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at school or at home, they embark on an audacious experiment from an obscure philosopher: to see if a constant level of alcohol in their blood will help them find greater freedom and happiness. At first, they each discover a newfound zest, but as the gang pushes their experiment further, issues that have been simmering for years come to a head, and the men are faced with a choice: reckon with their behavior or continue on the same course. Underscored by delicate, affecting camerawork, director Thomas Vinterberg’s spry script, co-written with regular collaborator Tobias Lindholm, uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, Mads Mikkelsen delivers a fierce and touching performance.