Men & Chicken

Men & Chicken is a black comedy about two outcast brothers, who by getting to know their unknown family also discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

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  • ★★★★ review by xavier on Letterboxd

    madsturbation™

  • ★★★½ review by Jonathan White on Letterboxd

    TIFF 2015 Film # 13

    Reason for pick – Writer/Director Anders Thomas Jensen – Flickering Lights, Adam’s Apples

    After a 12 year absence, writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen is back with his pal Mads Mikkelsen for another absurdist escapade. This outing leans more towards comedy, and less on the dramatic than the previous two I’ve seen. This can be considered a plus and a minus. On the positive site the laughs come quicker, but on the minus side they aren’t as hearty when they come compared to the previous Jensen films I’ve seen.

    Mads is always a treat to watch, and you can tell he’s having a ball here playing one of two brothers on a mission to find their biological father on the tiny island of Ork. Upon arrival, they discover that they likely have three additional siblings, and that there are deep dark secrets holed up in their paterfamilias domicile. Now, these deep dark secrets can probably be guessed at before the opening credits finish, but, getting there is the fun.

    Not my favourite Jenson, that title would go to his 2005 film Adam’s Apples, but a fun little romp none the less for a rainy day when you’re cooped up.

  • ★★★½ review by Michiel Venmans on Letterboxd

    Mænd & høns

    (Anders Thomas Jensen)

    Gezien met Britt in de Cinéma Galleries.

    We zaten in zaal 1, maar toen begon de film Kollektivet (The Commune) van Vinterberg. Dat was mis merkte ik al snel. Ik had mijn schoenen al uitgedaan. Op mijn sokken ben ik aan de balie gaan zeggen dat ze de foute film hadden opgezet. Het bleek dat zaal 1 helemaal niet zaal 1 was maar eigenlijk zaal 3. Zaal 1 was beneden, wij zaten boven. Dat verklaarde het is misverstand. Toen ben ik teruggekeerd om mijn schoenen aan te doen en Britt mee te nemen. Mijn voeten stonken wel wat, veel gezweet. Toen we in zaal 1 zaten, de juiste zaal was de film al 5 minuten bezig, dat vond ik jammer. Het scherm hing ook heel hoog, hierdoor moesten we omhoog kijken. Dat was wat lastig. Deze film is een leuke aanrader, zeker voor mensen die The Lobster leuk vonden. Hou altijd je schoenen aan en ga in de juiste zaal zitten, de kans is groter dat je in de foute zaal zit in plaats van dat zij de foute film hebben opgezet. Ik heb nog geen enkele taak voor school afgerond.

    Michiel

  • ★★★★ review by Kiko Vega on Letterboxd

    ¿Quiénes somos?

    Pues resulta que The three stooges tienen dos hermanos desconocidos hasta la fecha.

    ¿De dónde venimos?

    No está muy claro. ¿Qué fue primero, el huevo o la gallineja?

    ¿Adónde vamos?

    A buscar a nuestro padre biológico.

    Mi primera experiencia con el cine de Anders Thomas Jensen me deja con ganas de más. Aquí hay hostias slápstickas para dar y tomar, gags verbales a la velocidad del rayo y mucha mala baba. Y mucho más, pero haz como yo: no veas ni el tráiler.

  • ★★★½ review by Metin Seven on Letterboxd

    Men & Chicken reminded me of the delicious surrealism of Jeunet & Caro movies such as Delicatessen, and the films of Alex van Warmerdam.

    Men & Chicken also wins the award for the most hilarious Mads Mikkelsen character I've ever seen.

    The absurdist humor in the first half of the film made me laugh out loud multiple times. Then Men & Chicken gradually shifts from humor to drama.

    Men & Chicken slightly loses its momentum in the more serious second half of the movie, making the story drag a little bit, and the twist at the end was predictable, but the originality of Men & Chicken nonetheless keeps it interesting.

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