The Green Butchers - Anders Thomas Jensen - Denmark



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The Green Butchers (De grønne slagtere, 2003)

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Line Kruse
Genre: Comedy, drama


When two butchers with low self-esteem are pushed to their limits, terrible things are sure to happen. Eurochannel premieres a riveting comedy with the greatest talent of Danish cinema, Mads Mikkelsen. In The Green Butchers, what seems to be the recipe for long-awaited success hides a horrible truth ― come discover it!

Directed by one of Denmark’s most prolific screenwriters and filmmakers, Anders Thomas Jensen, The Green Butchers proposes a one-of-a-kind comedy for Danish standards. In the movie, Bjarne and Svend have a strange friendship. Svend has great ambition driven by an equally great inferiority complex, while Bjarne hardly cares about anything at all except for his girlfriend, Astrid. Starting their own butcher's shop enables them to escape from their vicious boss, but it doesn't gowell until a bizarre coincidence leads Svend to create a new secret dish with a horrific ingredient.

The Green Butchers stars the great Danish star, Mads Mikkelsen, before his fame in Hollywood. In this production, whichpreceded his performances in Casino Royale (2006), The Hunt (2012), Hannibal (2013) and Doctor Strange (2016), Mikkelsen is Svend, a grim but obscure character who stops at nothing to gain a single bit of respect.

Combining the trite, the morbid and the amusing, The Green Butchers is surreal in every sense. The green palette of the cinematography matches the film’s name but also digs inside the minds of those fond of Jean Pierre Jeunet. The resemblance is undeniable and those who love provoking European comedies will appreciate the art in this movie.

Welcome to a surrealist reality where extreme narcissism unleashes torrents of ill-considered actions in what becomes the most cannibal business in town!


Svend (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bjarne (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Unhappy with their boss' arrogance, they decide to opentheir own shop. After a dismal beginning, an unfortunate accident happens which coincides with a large order of meat. One hasty decision leads to another and soon the business thrives. But will they still be able to obtain the ingredients for this special dish?

Awards and Festivals:

• Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Gold–Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2004
• Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver - Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF) 2004
• Fipresci Award - Sochi International Film Festival 2004

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