Four small gangsters from Copenhagen trick a gangster boss: they take over 4,000,000 kroner which they were supposed to bring him. Trying to escape to Barcelona they are forced to stop in the countryside, in an old, wrecked house, hiding there for several weeks. Slowly, one after another, they realize, that they would like to stay there, starting a new life, renovating the house and forming it into a restaurant. But they can’t avoid being caught up by their past. —IMDb
Successful Danish screenwriter and film-maker, Anders Thomas Jensen, has written screenplays for most of the Danish movie blockbusters from the end of the 90’s onwards. Most recently he wrote the screenplay for action-comedy At World’s End, directed by Tomas Villum Jensen, and The New Tenants which won an Oscar for the Best Short Live Action Film at the Academy Awards in 2010.
Anders was one of three writers on historical biopic The Duchess (2008) starring Keira Knightley. He co-wrote Brothers (2009) starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey McGuire and penned the screenplay for popular Danish drama After The Wedding. Other writing credits include Mifune’s Last Song, In China They Eat Dogs, the Dogme film The King is Alive, Open Hearts, Stealing Rembrandt among many others.
Jensen won his first Oscar for his comedy short Election Night in 1998 which he co-directed with Tomas Villum… read more
Sentimentality and simplistic psychology degrade a surprisingly affecting story and subtext. Torkild's failing and conflicted gangster identity is interestingly split into three: Peter, an addict in need of distraction, compulsively violent arms-dealer Arne and domesticated Stefan. In the end it is a reformed and merged identity that publicly serves while resolved personalities collectively cook behind kitchen doors.
Kult-Potenzial !!! Eine Gaunerkomödie, wo Humor und Gewalt kurz und trocken, fast beiläufig eingebettet sind, mit einer originell erzählte Geschichte und schrägen Charaktreren. Wer Spaß an durchgeknallten Gangster-Filmen ala Tarantino hat, wird mit Flickering Lights bestens bedient.
I am more and more into northern Europe cinema, I love it. Every character here is no less than great, from the main four guys to the supporting actors, there's drama, humour and phylosophy and the script is well written (Jensen is mainly a screenwriter). Great atmosphere too.