George V. Reilly

Review: Terribly Happy

Terribly Happy
Title: Terribly Happy (Frygtelig Lykkelig)
Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Copyright: 2008

I saw Terribly Happy at SIFF tonight.

Robert is a Copenhagen cop, demoted to a remote village in the bleak bogs of Jutland. The locals are clannish and do things their own way. Robert quickly finds himself coming between the man-hungry Ingerlise and her abusive husband Jørgen. She complains about Jørgen, but won’t swear out a formal report. Robert is un­will­ing­ly drawn to her.

Billed as a “blackly comic thriller”, it’s more of a psy­cho­log­i­cal drama. Robert’s unsmiling face carries the film.

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