18-years old loner Dick Dandelion lives in the poor mining town of Estherslope. One day, looking for a birthday present, he buys an old small handgun. He finds himself strangely drawn to it. The gun becomes his new friend and he calls it “Wendy”. He soon convinces the other young outcasts in the town to join him in a secret club he calls The Dandies, based on the motto “Pacifism with guns”. The small group dresses with odd old clothes, they all give names to their guns and set refined rules of behavior and language. Despite their firm belief in the most important Dandy rule of all – never draw your weapon – they soon realize that rules are made to be broken. The “social experiment” proposed by Dick to his group reveals their true nature. The group soon becomes outlaws…
In addition to rapidly establishing himself as a formidable cinematic talent, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg is notorious for celebrating the idea — via his own career accomplishments and an overall philosophy he has encouraged in others — of utilizing more lightweight film production equipment and smaller budgets, as a stride away from big-studio gigantism. His co-establishment (alongside Lars von Trier) of the Dogme 95 film movement exemplifies this idea.
Born on May 19, 1969, in Copenhagen, Vinterberg graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993 with Last Round under his arm — a student short that garnered a formidable number of honors around the globe for a first-timer, including the Jury Award and the VFF Young Talent Award; it would ultimately receive a 1994 Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short Subject. He went on to helm the short-subject follow-up The Boy Who Walked Backwards (1993) — the sad tale of a Danish boy who internally chastises himself… read more
Vineterberg and Von Trier might be xenophobic danes that present their fears to the point of exaggeration BUT damn, they're funny motherfuckers at it! This movie does anti-american propaganda in my favorite way, as a dark comedy. Pacifism and gun obsession can not and will not go together. That's obvious. What's surprising about the movie is how the downfall isn't brought by gun obsession but image.
With a script by fellow Dane and former Dogme compatriot von Trier, this almost resembles a quirky spin-off to the enfant terrible’s Land of Opportunities series; Vinterberg’s own, interesting small-town American aesthetic painting an angle on US gun culture. ‘Quirky’ is really the keyword here, but a suitably quirky cast led by Bell, a fun retro playlist of Zombies hits and Dod Mantle’s artful eye mean its unique camaraderie rubs off the right way, intriguingly.
I discovered this movie because I wanted to know more about the filmography of Jamie Bell and I'm really delighted with this one. The plot is really interesting, I've never heard about the pacifism with guns! I consider that the characters are perfectly ¡represented on the screen, thanks to the actors and the script. The ambients are quite good too and the story is perfectly structured. Great final scene!
When i first saw this in ‘06, i hated it. This film (written by vinterberg’s friend and fellow danish director Lars Von Trier) is a comment on guns in America. This came out during the height of that… read review