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Another Round (2020)Another Round (2020)

Another Round (2020)

A social experiment goes awry in this Oscar-winning, Mads Mikkelsen-led tragicomedy

Comedy, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

Denmark, Netherlands

Danish, Swedish

Character-driven, Dramatic, Grown-up Comedy

2020

Thomas Vinterberg

Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt, Christiane Gjellerup Koch, Diêm Camille G.

117 min

Synopsis

Four high school teachers launch a drinking experiment: upholding a constant low level of intoxication.

Our Take

8.0
Renee Cuisia

Director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) reunites with Mads Mikkelsen to tell the story of four teachers going through a mid-life crisis. They’re not sad, exactly—they have homes and jobs and are good friends with each other—but they’re not happy either. Unlike the ebullient youth they teach, they seem to have lost their lust for life, and it’s silently eating away at them, rendering them glassy-eyed and mechanic in their everyday lives. 

Enter an experiment: what if, as one scholar suggests, humans were meant to fulfill a certain alcohol concentration in order to live as fully and present as possible? The teachers use themselves as the subjects and the tide slowly starts to turn to mixed effects. Are they actually getting better or worse?

With an always-satisfying performance by Mikkelsen and an instant classic of an ender, it’s no surprise Another Round took home the award for Best Foreign Film in the 2020 Academy Awards.

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