Terribly Happy is twisted tale; a complex drama centered around a cop recovering from a nervous breakdown.
He is assigned to patrol a remote village in Denmark. The characters inhabiting this fascinating film are creepy.
A town bully terrorizes them. His wife seeks help from the cop. Tragedy follows.
Terribly Happy isn’t. It is — however — a great piece of filmmaking. The tension in writer/director Henrik Ruben Ganz’s film is palpable. Even scenes not meant to frighten or disturb are uncomfortable. The town with its ugly bog is fog and cloud shrouded much of the time.
It is a gloomy, dark, unwelcoming place that just happens to be the setting of a great movie.
An interesting side note: it will be interesting is to see what Ganz does with this material in the English version that will go into production.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars
Not rated but probably a hard R. It opens Friday, April 23 at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.