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Flickering Lights (2001)

Cast: Søren Pilmark, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, more...
Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Genre: Foreign, Scandinavia
Running Time: 108 min.
Subtitles: English
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A career criminal stumbles upon his big chance to get out of the business, though not everyone thinks it's such a good idea, in this witty thriller. Torkild (Soren Pilmark) is the leader of a band of small-time crooks; having just celebrated his 40th birthday (which coincided with his being dumped by his girlfriend), Torkild is looking to land a big score so he can get out of the business. While trying to map out a major heist, a guy known as the Man From Faro (Peter Anderson) approaches Torkild with a job -- he needs someone to steal a bag for him. Torkild and his cronies are up for the job, but they soon discover that a team of security guards is on hand to make sure the bag isn't stolen, and one of Torkild's friends is wounded in a shootout. After they've made their getaway, Torkild discovers why everyone was fighting over the bag -- it contains over four million kroner ($500,000 in American currency) -- and he and his partners decide they're not keen on turning it over to the Man From Faro. After their car breaks down, Torkild and company happen upon an old restaurant that's up for sale, and they decide to use their newfound wealth to buy it and go into business -- which would be complicated enough without the arrival of the Man From Faro, who wants to know what happened to the money he hired Torkild to steal. Blinkende Lygter also stars Iben Hjejle, who gained the attention of American audiences as John Cusack's love interest in the film High Fidelity. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Trust a Danish Hosteller by Misshaped February 3, 2005 - 12:26 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I work at a hostel and I make a point to ask international travellers which films from their contries I should watch. This little gem was brought to my attention by a group of Danish hostellers. It was described to me as this..."Imagine the guys from Resevoir Dogs go on to open up a restaurant after the heist." I was expecting a bloody riot, but it ended up being quite sweet and touching.

Anders Thomas Jensen is one of the Dogme '95 directors, so you might want to also check out some of his writing credits for Dogme #3 Mifune (which I thought was so-so), Dogme #4 The King is Alive, or Dogme #28 Open Hearts.

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