Another Round (2020)
January 11, 2021 8:21 AM - Subscribe

Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.

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"To varying degrees, all four men are going through what could be called a midlife crisis, dissatisfied by the mundanity of daily life as teachers, but it's Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) who is in the deepest funk. He has lost all passion for teaching his history class, feels distant from his family, and can’t find many reasons to get up. The social experiment breaks him out of his rut in a relatively predictable way, but Mikkelsen elevates what could have been another traditional message movie about living life to the fullest even after you think you’ve had your final drink."
posted by dnash (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've not yet seen it, but this tweet put it at the top of my watch list:

"ANOTHER ROUND is so good that the only honorable move is to buy the rights to an American remake, then spike them so it never gets done"
posted by myotahapea at 10:51 PM on January 12 [4 favorites]

I haven't seen this yet, and am greatly looking forward to it, when I can find it, featuring as it does my imaginary boyfriend one of my favourite actors.

It did strike me initially that the basic story idea is very reminiscent of Mitchell and Webb's Inebriati sketch.
posted by Fuchsoid at 8:59 AM on January 14 [3 favorites]

It's currently an online rental, at least in the USA.

I watched it over the weekend and really loved it. It isn't really about the booze, and it's not some moralistic "drinking is bad, m'kay" sermon. It's really about four guys who realize they're in a rut, and seek to reinvigorate their lives. There are results both good and bad, because of course they take things too far. But sometimes a little crazy, a little letting loose, is just the thing that's needed. And I don't wanna spoil it, but the last scene knocked my breath away.

(If we're doing award shows this year, please please let Mads get one for this!)
posted by dnash at 11:23 AM on January 14

I'm super excited for this. I love Mads Mikkelsen, and I'm happy for him that he's had more mainstream US "success", but I have been hoping for him to go back to his Danish film roots. Mads's previous film with with Vinterberg, "The Hunt" was such an amazing work of art and performance - even if it remains an incredibly difficult film to watch.

I hadn't heard anything about this film prior to seeing the fanfare post. I guess i"ve been distracted as of late. But I will definitely be renting this ASAP.
posted by litera scripta manet at 11:46 AM on January 24

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