In China They Eat Dogs (1999)
A film review by Marie Anderson
A frenzied Danish satire
As harmlessly dignified as this film begins: In the course of the dramaturgy, a clumsy, gentle, righteous bank employee turns into an unscrupulous killer. The Danish filmmaker Lasse Spang Olsen will also present the story of this drastic transformation In China, they eat dogs in such a brutal way that the film was only released from the age of 18, and in fact the downright grotesque portrayal of dreary violence is certainly not suitable for the faint of heart. But the uncompromising killer mentality appears here as crude cynicism in combination with weird humor, so that this satire offers a crude gangster slapstick, which opposes the common limits on this terrain gross tastelessness.
The carefree bank clerk and complacent do-gooder Arvid (Dejan Cukic) lives with his girlfriend Hanne (Trine Dyrholm), who is, however, annoyed by his indolent indolence, on her departure - not without clearing the entire apartment beforehand. In doing so, Arvid has just succeeded in a heroic action when he - accidentally, however - incapacitates a bank robber with the help of a squash racket and is initially enthusiastically celebrated. The robber is indented, but shortly afterwards his supposed girlfriend Astrid (Line Kruse) stands on the mat with Arvid and accuses Arvid of having destroyed her life, after all, the potential prey of the robbery was planned for artificial insemination.
The disoriented Arvid is now plagued by remorse, and he feels responsible for getting things back on track for Astrid, and so he seeks out his criminal brother Harald (Kim Bodnia), whom he has not seen in ages, because now he is planning For his part, Arvid tried to rob a money truck. At first irritated by the appearance of his brother, Harald is quickly ready, with the help of the docile crew who run his little restaurant, to pull off the coup that Arvid has devised, but that is only the beginning of a whole series of crimes and acts of violence that this illustrious man has committed all insane acts ready, reckless walk will start, with the corpses multiplying and Arvid is no longer the good, harmless boy he was in the beginning ...
The constantly feeding, criminal kitchen staff, the kitchen assistant Vuk (Brian Patterson), exploited and harassed to the limit of pain, the devious and crazy Astrid, a martial rock band and other extreme characters populate the crazy story of this Danish film alongside the two brothers as the main protagonists the year 1999, which, equipped with daring trash humor, paired unrestrained violence with shallow sentimentality. In China, they eat dogs meets the normal madness with massive absurdities, satirizing both the common humanism as well as the blatant inhumanity and thus becomes a frenzied, multiple award-winning satire that will surely captivate fans of this genre.
As harmlessly dignified as this film begins: In the course of the dramaturgy, a clumsy, gentle, righteous bank employee turns into an unscrupulous killer.
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