Wild Men – Film Review

Wild Men – Film Review
by Frank L

Director – Thomas Daneskov
Writers – Thomas Daneskov, Morten Pape
Stars – Rasmus Bjerg, Zaki Youssef, Bjørn Sundquist

Martin (Rasmus Bjerg) has fled from his conventional business world in order to find himself in the wilds of the harsh Norwegian landscape. He has become a hunter armed with a bow and arrows. Needless to say, he is not very adept. He cannot avoid contact with the world he has tried to leave behind because of simple hunger. Of course, his wife is anxious to find him. By sheer bad luck, he comes into contact with a drug-dealing gang in his mountainous habitat. It is a madcap caper which of course a mid-life crisis story should be.

Given the number of unlikely events, there needs to be an element of comedy and there are indeed some. The most successful are the two police officers who are of the nine to five mentality. Their job requires they show a bit of enthusiasm and maybe even a little courage. They are delightfully unenthusiastic and timid. Their appearances which are not many never fail to raise a smile. The more staged confrontations such as in a remote petrol filling station late at night are more far fetched and in consequence less successful.

The cinematography of the remote Norwegian landscape is terrific. It is a fine choice of habitat in which to escape the confines of a career in the humdrum mainstream of everyday conventional life with all its attendant restrictions. But as the film demonstrates, living simply in the wild throws up new restrictions and many of the old ones are also difficult to jettison.

Given the snow, drug deals and bumbling police force, there is an obvious nod to the Coen brother classic Fargo. This is a film of an hour and forty minutes duration and while it does have its moments, it never raised the bar sufficiently high to demand your attention. As an oddity, it will easily pass an idle afternoon.

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