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Men & Chilcken

As a screenwriter, Anders Thomas Jensen has produced some of the better Danish dramas of the new millennium (Open Hearts, Brothers, After the Wedding, In a Better World), but left to his own devices as writer-director he's prone to somber black comedy (The Green Butchers). This 2015 effort is all about genetic mutations: two grown brothers (Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik) discover they're adopted, reunite with their three biological brethren out in the country, and learn that all five of them are the products of their late father's radical experiments. And hey, where did all these furry chicken come from? Occasionally rib-tickling but more often gut-churning, this turns largely on the spectacle of Mikkelsen, a respected dramatic actor and a Bond villain no less, cast as a furiously dyspeptic nerd who keeps running off to masturbate. With Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Søren Malling. In Danish with subtitles.

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