Riders of Justice
Directed by: Anders Thomas Jensen
Denmark, 2020, 116m
In Danish with English subtitles
East Coast Premiere/2nd US Screening
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Genre player and dark humorist screenwriter/director Jensen (Susanne Bier’s Love Is All You Need, FFF 2013) reunites with some of his regulars—Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Nicolas Bro—for this comedic and dramatic crime thriller. Mikkelsen (TV’s Hannibal; The Hunt, FFF 2013) plays Marcus, a recently deployed military man whose wife is killed in a train accident. When he returns home to raise his teenaged daughter, a motley trio of damaged statistics and tech geeks convince him the tragic incident wasn’t random at all. They secretly band together to avenge the attack. Explosive and violent, incongruously humorous, and unexpectedly moving, the film follows the avengers’ assault on the Riders of Justice motorcycle gang, ultimately becoming justice riders themselves. Always center stage is the broken father-daughter relationship, with each reacting differently, not only to one another but to their shared sudden loss. Along the way, all of them learn to help heal each other and be present and grateful for those they love.