Kim Kold's Denis produces subtle mannerisms and mumbly speech that hit far too real for comfort and mirrored tones of isolation leave something just short of bittersweet, but the film's about contrast anyway. Heartbreaking in how real it feels as peering into a life of serious consequence.
Teddy Bear is a touching film of a professional body builder (Dennis) struggling to find his way. After falling in love with a woman in Thailand, Dennis must find a way to tell his Mother and current landlord that he is finally moving out after many years. Matthiesen does a beautiful job using very little to no music throughout the movie to really help set the scene.
I thought the film was great. The title fit the story quite well because he was a gentle giant, much like a teddy bear. I thought the plot wasn’t too out of hand and was relatable in some sense. I thought it put a great spin on masculinity because a giant bodybuilder is being dominated by his struggle to find love but also was being controlled by a person that is significantly smaller than him, his mother.
Dennis is a bodybuilder with an impressive physique, but due to him being very shy and introverted, he is not really successful in his efforts to get a girlfriend in his hometown. After he sees his oncle marry a woman from Thailand, he organizes a trip to Thailand searching for love, female affection and a human connection. Very beautiful and real portrait of a very sweet man imprisoned by his own inhibition.
Film's title & Kim Kold (as Dennis) felt too scripted. Not sure how many International Body Builders feel like total odd ducks about romance and independence. I'm entertained by the nuances and stereotyping though. Films that dwell on overseas romance tend to say more than it plans to admit.
Dennis is so cute and shy that right from the start you root for him, hoping that he will be able to break free from his mother's emotional oppression. The film itself is very 'nordic' and restrained, only the mother loses her temper near the end. It's not particularly memorable but it kind of made me wanna go to Thailand someday (and not for the prostitutes...!)