Four high school teachers consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives.
“We’re not alcoholics. We decide when we want to drink. An alcoholic can’t help himself.”
The new movie Another Round asks the question everyone has probably thought at one time or another. What if you just were a little tipsy all the time? Would you feel any happier, or would you life feel constantly on edge and fake? Danish Director Thomas Vinterberg created a very interesting story here that seems to now be the front runner for Best International Feature at the Oscars.
Led by Mads Mikkelsen and his character Martin, he and 3 other teachers at his school decide to drink themselves to a BAC level of .05% every day to see if it affects their daily life in a positive way. Well of course at first everything goes great, but as we continue to get deeper, they realize no one can do that forever.
The daily drinkathon affects every part of their lives. Their jobs, their friendships, and of course their families. It is one of those stories that is hard to watch because you just want to scream at the characters for being so stupid. But it is so well done it make it worthwhile to journey with Martin and the boys.
Stock Up – Mads Mikkelsen
He has been doing incredible work in the past few years from Hannibal, to Doctor Strange, to Rogue One and on and on. But this really gave him a chance to dig into a starring character and do it in his own language, so he was completely comfortable. When he finally does let loose and dance you are euphoric watching him because when Mads dances we all Dance.
*A Couple other Tidbits
- The guys getting drunk and going to the soccer game was one of the funniest things I have seen so far this year.
- Thomas Vinterberg got an Oscar nomination for Best Director over people like Aaron Sorkin, Spike Lee, Regina King and others. He is deserving though because this is well directed, I just feel those other movies are better.
The concept of this movie is one I would have never thought I would see, however now I am sure they will make an American remake of this. I really had a fun time with this one even though it does get a bit dark in spots. There are moments of euphoria that are just not present in other movies we have seen recently. It is now available on Hulu so go check it out!
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