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If you ask someone what the backbone of Danmark is, you are most likely to receive answers such as bicycling, the little green Tuborg beer, sky-high sandwiches and a huge variation of sausages that you can buy from vendors on every street corner. The Green Butchers introduces us to a universe where the proud butcher tradition is held high by the main characters Svend (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bjarne (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) – the former a neurotic with a serious perspiration problem, the latter lazy and introvert.

Svend and Bjarne are tired of working for the local and rowdy butcher (Ole Thestrup), who only makes fun of them, so they quit to start their own business at the outskirts of town. In the beginning, there are few customers and things are looking a bit glum until Svend, by accident (or luck, depending how you see it) has an idea that involves a different kind of meat than swine and beef. Before they know it, the word is out and the queue grows. There’s only one problem – the special ingredient behind the success is not that easy to supply.

The guns are stowed away and replaced by a meat grinder in Anders Thomas Jensen’s second feature film. The result is a morbid and black comedy with ingredients from Jean-Pierre Jeunet og Marc Caros Delicatessen (1991) psiced up with inspiration from the Coen brothers.

Johanne Svendsen Rognlien


Anders Thomas Jensen (b. 1972) is a Danish director and screenwriter known for films such as Flickering Lights (2000), The Green Butchers (2003), Adam’s Apples (2005) and Men & Chicken (2015). He received his international breakthrough with Election Night (1998), which won an Academy Award for Best Short Film in 1999. Jensen has written over 40 scripts for Danish short- and feature films, among other In a Better World (directed by Susanne Bier) which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.

This film is part of

Portrait: Anders Thomas Jensen

Original title De grønne slagtere

Country Denmark

Year 2003

Director Anders Thomas Jensen

Screenplay Anders Thomas Jensen

Cinematography Sebastian Blenkov

Producer Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson

Cast Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Line Kruse, Ole Thestrup, Nicolas Bro

Production Company M&M Productions, TV2 Danmark

Runtime 1h 35m

Language Danish

Subtitles English

Genre Humour, Drama

Age limit 15

Links IMDb

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