Thumbs-down from the critics, but Danish audiences love them
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Rasmus Heide's All for Two and Martin Miehe-Renard's My African Adventure were slashed by the reviewers, but they have registered top openings in the Danish cinemas
Danish directors Rasmus Heide's All for Two [+see also:
film profile] (photo) sold 107,000 tickets in its first weekend (January 31-February 3), including previews - one of the Top 3 openings for a Danish comedy in the last five years. Danish director Martin Miehe-Renard's third instalment in My Sister's Children franchise, My African Adventure, reached 56,029 admissions - better than the two previous films in the series. Both were slashed by the critics.
"An impressive opening, confirming again that the Danes love the popular comedy which has a long tradition in Danish film," said managing director Jan Lehmann, of Nordisk Film Distribution, which released the Ronnie Fridthjof production for Fridthjof Film in Denmark.
"When, most humbly, you try to update Danish comedy, you have to take chances. You have to get inspiration from outside, stick to the heart-warm core, and surprise. If you have made the right choice, is 100% decided by the audiences," said Heide.
The sequel to Heide's All for One, which took around 400,000 admissions domestically, One for Two stars Danish comedians Mick Øgendahl, Jonatan Spang and Rasmus Bjerg as a previously tight-knit trio now dispersed - one is on parole, the others are planning a difficult heist. "The vulgar successor of the Olsen Gang [+see also:
film profile] needs a dry diaper," wrote a reviewer.
My African Adventure - the third generation of the Danish My Sister's Children series, after 1966-1971 (four films directed by Annelise Reenberg), 2001-2004 (three films) and now three since 2010, all directed by Miehe-Renard - follows the children on a trip to Africa, accompanied by their uncle, since their parents had to work at home.
"Watch it for the animals," suggested a critic. Peter Mygind, Frida Luna Roswall Mattson, Lasse Guldberg Kamper, Mathide Høgh Kølben, Sebastian Kronby, Rumle Risom and Mille Dinesen star in the Michael Obel production for Obel Film, which SF Film released domestically.
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