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Old Men in New Cars (Gamle mænd i nye biler)
Denmark 2002

Opening 17 Mar 2005

Directed by: Lasse Spang Olsen
Writing credits: Anders Thomas Jensen
Principal actors: Kim Bodnia, Tomas Villum Jensen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Iben Hjejle, Torkel Petersson

In this Danish film by Lasse Spang Olsen, Harald returns from a prison stint to find that his two designated accomplices are more interested in a cooking contest than crime. He revives their criminal thinking, and their first deed is to free Ludvig, whose father needs a kidney transplant.

I don’t understand why this film was so long in coming back to Hamburg after the 2002 FilmFest Hamburg. It was one of my favorite films for the black humor (Ludvig is a hilarious serial killer – which is hard to imagine), the bit parts (a spaced-out girl with worse problems than bank robbers) and the dialogue full of snappy quips. (Becky Tan)

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