Directed by: Thomas Daneskov
Denmark, 2021, 104m
In Danish with English subtitles
You’ll laugh out loud at this skewed buddy-comedy, Danish style. Forty-something everyman Martin (Rasmus Bjerg) has gone off the grid (“the good life is suffocating me!”) and is living like a Viking in a Norwegian forest—cell phone and trips to the convenience store aside. The absurdity of his larger-than-life appearance in homemade duds alone is funny. He meets up with fugitive Musa (Zaki Youssef), who, presuming his cohorts dead, has absconded with drug money. Soon the very alive and violent drug runners are on their trail, as well as inept deputies; a wise, aging captain (veteran actor Bjorn Sundquist, excellent); and Martin’s wife. Let the hijinks ensue! Fans of the Klown movies or the Coen brothers will find a kindred spirit here. However, at its core, Wild Men is a touching story about self-discovery and three stages of manhood: Musa’s desire to be a good father to his young son without being criminal, Martin’s discovery of meaning in his good life, and the Captain’s acceptance of life’s end. This madcap adventure turns sweet and endearing.