Most of the time, we’re used to seeing Mads Mikkelsen doing serious or villainous turns in projects like “Hannibal,” “The Salvation,” “Casino Royale,” or “Charlie Countryman.” But for the Danish picture “Men & Chicken,” the actor lets his absurd side fly, and after doing the festival rounds last year, the movie is gearing up to hit cinemas.
Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, and co-starring David Dencik, Nikolaj Lie Kass, Søren Malling, and Nicolas Bro, the movie follows a pair of adopted, oddball brothers who travel to a remote island to meet their biological father. Here’s the synopsis:
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.
In our review from TIFF, we noted that “not playing along is practically impossible” with this out-there movie. Find out for yourself when “Men & Chicken” opens on April 22nd.