As with Jensen's other directorial features, this film wonderfully utilizes dark comedy at its most unexplainable while still retaining genuine compassion for its ludicrous characters. Even though many of their decisions fall into the nonsensical (often with hilarious results), it become progressively clearer how these four characters have ended up in such a shitty predicament.
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.
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.