Skål of Thought

Mads Mikkelsen’s C.V. is peppered with Danish language films and high-end Hollywood blockbusters. To absorb the full gamut of his abundant talent, though, we should immerse ourselves in the thinking-man’s fare he continues to make in his native land — starting with the sozzled, Oscar-winning masterpiece Another Round.

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Donnie Darko, Groundhog Day, Run Lola Run... There’s no shortage of movies that hinge on the quantum-mechanical theory illustrated by Erwin Schrödinger and his hypothetical cat. Without Einstein’s general theory of relativity, Interstellar could have been — literally — an infinitely longer film. But it seems unlikely that Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud’s mischievous conjecture — he hypothesised that humans have an alcohol deficit in their blood, and should increase their intake to up their game — would become the basis for an Oscar winner.

In Another Round, a comedy-drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg (the man behind the eternally brilliant Festen), Mads Mikkelsen’s character, Martin — an unhappily married middle-aged man suffering debilitating ennui in his job as a history teacher — and three colleagues decide, over a dinner celebration, to find out whether Skårderud’s premise carries any weight.

Published

June 2021

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