Another round

Another round

DVD - 2021 | Danish
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Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Samuel Goldwyn Films, [2021]
Copyright Date: �2020
ISBN: 0857789008914
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0
wide screen
video file
DVD video
region 1
Alternative Title: Druk (Motion picture)


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Jun 23, 2021

Alcohol culture is lampooned in Thomas Vinterberg’s latest, touted as a black comedy but played out like a primal scream. All too conscious of how ineffectual they’ve become, high school history teacher Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) and a few of his faculty buddies decide to test out a theory which states that maintaining a minimal blood alcohol level will actually improve one’s life both personally and professionally. After preliminary results seem to confirm the hypothesis they conclude that when it comes to imbibing if a little goes a long way, a lot will go even further… A dark and despairing film whose few laughs soon lapse into uncomfortable silence thanks to an amazing cast and a script that toys with the allure of addiction before pulling the rug out from beneath its characters for one final stumbling fall from grace.

Jun 01, 2021

Fans of Mikkelsen and Danish cinema should check out "A Royal Affair" instead. This is nearly pointless, with almost every plot and character development entirely predictable and underwhelming.

May 28, 2021

If item is on order, you still should be able to request a hold so that when it comes in, you will be in line to access it. Why bother even listing it if you cannot place a request for its use??

LPL_SarahM May 23, 2021

As someone who used to drink too much, then quit drinking completely, and now drinks rarely and in moderation, I loved this film for its non-preachy, observational style of story telling. Neither a non-drinking movie nor a pro-drinking movie, we see how alcohol affects people differently and how choices regarding booze vary from person to person. Mads Mikkelsen is brilliant and the film 100% deserved every award it received.

May 21, 2021

I wasn't sure I'd like this film--it's Danish with subtitles for one thing, and sometimes (okay, often) the combination of an unfamiliar language coupled with subtitle pop-ups at the bottom of the screen are a seriously annoying distraction. And for another I wasn't exactly drawn to the subject matter. (Middle-aged Danish guys drinking a lot? Really?)

But "Another Round," which won the Oscar this year for best foreign language film and has attracted the attention of superstar Leo DiCaprio who attends to do an American remake, has gotten such buzz I decided to take a look.

I am soooo glad I did--I loved this movie and highly recommend it.

The star is the great Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen who, as a burnt-out history teacher named Martin embarks upon an experiment involving alcohol intake and its effects on human wellbeing with three similarly discontented colleagues. (I really liked, btw, the way these four men were not merely drinking buddies but old friends who genuinely cared about each other.)

There is a point, roughly 40 minutes into the film, when the four meet to compare notes and talk about how their elevated blood alcohol content--the "BAC" in question--has affected them. (Just beyond that moment there appears a brief and hilarious real life montage of world leaders caught on camera who are obviously "in their cups" as my grandmother used to say.) To the friends' delight the constant buzz seems to rejuvenate both their professional and personal lives, and they make what they all know is the risky decision to up the ante with an even higher daily booze intake. Predictably, this does not go well...

Though fellow Dane Thomas Vinterberg's direction and the acting of the entire cast is splendid, the film belongs to the lean and attractively weathered Mikkelsen who was once a gymnast and professional dancer.

I mention this because in the earlier part of the film, Martin's friends tease him about his past as a jazz dancer and goad him into showing them some moves. Martin mostly demurs--he's got a bad back these days--until that is, at the very end of the film where--spoiler alert!--in joyous celebration of his students, his dear friends, the rebirth of his marriage to his beloved Anika, life itself, really, he launches into a wild, impromptu, exuberant dance that literally sends him soaring. This may be the best movie ending of the year if not one of the best movie endings of all time.

Note: I mentioned DiCaprio wanting to remake "Another Round," presumably to play an Americanized version of Martin. I'm a big fan of the talented Leo, but not of this idea. American remakes don't work at least as often as they do-- frequently something crucial gets lost in the cultural translation.

Reportedly, director Vinterberg has expressed support (or at least curiosity) for the DiCaprio remake but Mads Mikkelsen, a major star in his own country (and knighted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark--thus the "R" that now accompanies his name), seems decidedly less enthusiastic.

I totally get that. Of all the films and television he's done and the many and varied roles he's played, "Another Round" is Mikkelsen's movie-star moment. I can appreciate that he might not welcome some American actor so quickly moving in to steal his thunder. If the remake happens, hopefully it will serve to encourage more people to seek out this sterling original no matter how much they may like the newer version.

May 19, 2021

It is incredibly perplexing that this film has won so many accolades. This is one of the great Mads Mikkelsen's least resonate performances. The film starts out tantalizingly but half way through really loses it's promise. At the end of the film I didn't care about any of the characters and felt a bit like my time had been wasted. I recognize I seem to be in the minority opinion here, but there you have it. Very disappointing. A film with a chance for greatness that kind of went "Full Monty" instead. Who knows, maybe there will be a musical made of this too.

May 17, 2021

The title, and the framing of the piece, refers to the use of alcohol. The director has said that the picture is more broadly a celebration of life.
That is particularly evident in the singing of a student choral group, especially a Danish homeland piece.
But it also presents an appealing view of high school students and teachers, as well as male friendship.
The alcohol theme is played out unconventionally; four teachers decide to test the theory of a philosopher/psychologist (he is a real person) that humans have a built in alcohol shortage. This experiment of theirs advances by degrees. Its effects are documented.
From my point of view, the display of Danish life rouses some negative feelings in me; life as I see here has little of the grace on view.
On the subject of alcohol, I do not tend to trust its usefulness; yet I'm sure many will feel it helped them live a better life than they might have otherwise.
Against those biases, despite its many charms, I give it limited praise.
For most, it is unlikely to be very useful.

May 16, 2021

Wow. Quite a film. & a stellar performance from Mads Mikkelsen. This movie shows how casual drinking for an experiment can go horribly wrong. & the impacts it can have. These 4 men have ordinary lives, feeling unfulfilled. But, an experiment almost becomes an obsession, and it changes each of them. There are all sorts of emotions throughout this film. Joy, numbness, comradery, chaos, love, & sadness. I can see why it won the Oscar.

May 10, 2021

Over hyped. Day drinking destroys lives and livers. This was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Did not enjoy it. And what is with 38 holds? Either Hoopla or Kanopy have it available to stream right now.

Apr 26, 2021

I'm mad about Mads. He's a great actor and he really shines in this film. 'Another Round' is a wonderful character study about a man going through a midlife crisis and embarks on a fascinating but risky experiment with his three close friends involving alcohol consumption. Raise a glass to this charming drama.

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