Men and Chicken
Men & Chicken is a darkly hilarious slapstick comedy starring Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal,” ingeniously cast against type) about a pair of socially-challenged siblings who discover they are adopted half-brothers in their late father’s videotaped will.
Their journey in search of their true father takes them to the small, insular Danish island of Ork, where they stumble upon three additional half-brothers – each also sporting hereditary harelips and lunatic tendencies – living in a dilapidated mansion overrun by barn animals.
Initially unwelcome by their newfound kin, the two visitors stubbornly wear them down until they’re reluctantly invited to stay. As the misfit bunch get to know each other, they unwittingly uncover a deep family secret that ultimately binds them together.
This inventively bizarre and outlandish comedy is directed by acclaimed, Oscar-winning director Anders Thomas Jensen and also stars David Dencik (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.)
"This seriously warped family portrait - an inspired thematic hybrid of Kafkaesque alienation and Farrelly brothers farce, with a healthy grafting of Tod Browning's "Freaks" - still has an organic sweetness at its core."
"What does all of this add up to? Damned if I know. But it's fun to see a film that plays by its own rules to such a degree that any comparison to anything else falls apart."
"If you are looking for something completely different, something strange, smart, and vulgar, Jensen's film more than qualifies."