Mads Mikkelsen (‘Hannibal’) stars in this delirious comedy from Denmark’s Anders Thomas Jensen, about two sadsack brothers who head to a dilapidated mansion on a remote island to meet their biological father — and their three seriously eccentric siblings.
The most outrageous film talent to emerge from Denmark since Lars von Trier, Jensen doesn’t just push boundaries: he barrels right through them and then stomps them into the ground. In his new film ‘Men & Chicken’ (which has already broken box-office records in its native land), Jensen offers a riotously transgressive satire on family and eugenics that doubles as a surprisingly thoughtful meditation on what makes us human.
‘Men & Chicken’ is sure to offend delicate sensibilities with its acerbic wit and outlandish absurdity. But like one of its guiding spirits, the great comic Lenny Bruce, Jensen’s film pursues outrage as a means to probe humanity’s often unrealized potential for compassion.Steve Gravestock
An extraordinary dark comedy for those wanting pitched blackness and heaps of lunacy. Lisa Giles-Keddie