Review by Frances Winston
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg – Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe
In cinemas now!
This hugely acclaimed and award-winning Danish film finally arrives in Irish cinemas, starring the always wonderful Mads Mikkelsen (honestly, I’ve never seen him give a bad performance) as Martin, a disillusioned history teacher. Along with his friends and colleagues, Tommy (Larsen), Peter (Ranthe) and Nikolaj (Millang) he undertakes an experiment, to ensure that their blood alcohol levels never drop below 0.05%, to test a theory that this makes you more creative and relaxed.
Initially, all four find that their lives are enhanced. They are better educators, and their personal lives are going swimmingly. However, as they begin to play around with the percentages, and also take to binge-drinking, things take a turn for the worse, leading them to abandon the experiment, but the repercussions of their actions linger long after they quit.
Another Round is a wonderful tragicomedy, with a fantastic performance by Mikkelson and the entire cast. You care about all the characters, and become heavily invested in their stories.
Another Round is thoughtfully directed by Vinterberg, who also co-wrote this. It has intoxicating (sorry I couldn’t resist) moments, coupled with devastatingly dark moments, and really does take you on a journey. It also has one of the best dance scenes ever committed to film. Honestly, it is joyous.
Extremely engaging and thought-provoking, Another Round is completely deserving of all the accolades it has received, and is a must-see.