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10 timer til Paradis (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 August 2012 (USA)
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Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love.


Mads Matthiesen


Mads Matthiesen (screenplay), Martin Zandvliet (screenplay) (as Martin Pieter Zandvliet)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Kold ... Dennis
Elsebeth Steentoft Elsebeth Steentoft ... Ingrid
Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard ... Toi
David Winters ... Scott
Allan Mogensen Allan Mogensen ... Bent
Sukunya Mongkol Sukunya Mongkol ... Phat
Barbara Zatler Barbara Zatler ... Sasha
Prap Poramabhuti Prap Poramabhuti ... Prap
Sukianya Suwan Sukianya Suwan ... Aoi
John Winters John Winters ... Jeff (as Jonathan Winters)
Paweena Im-Erb Paweena Im-Erb ... Nok
Songporn Na Bangchang Songporn Na Bangchang ... Nuu
Patrick Johnson Patrick Johnson ... Lars
Per Otto Bersang Rasmussen Per Otto Bersang Rasmussen ... Real estate agent (as Per Otto Rasmussen)
Kritsania Promsiriruk Kritsania Promsiriruk ... Miss May


The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find in Thailand. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. Dennis has never been out traveling before and the hectic Pattaya is a huge cultural shock for him. The intrusive Thai girls give big bruises to Dennis' naive picture of what love should be like, and he is about to lose hope when he unexpectedly meets the Thai woman Toi. Written by SF Film

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Drama | Romance


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Mads Matthiesen's feature directorial debut. See more »

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This movie taught Dennis and us what love is but this movie taught us what love is not.
7 January 2014 | by rzhangx64See all my reviews

Love how my previous entry was also about a movie, specifically those little nasty ones in the romance genre. Teddy Bear. I don't know whats up with me but I cannot rate a movie 2 3 or 4 stars. Either I love it or hate it. I think part of it is because I have the nasty tendency of seeing myself in everything. If I see myself and the message resonates... the other nasty tendency to activate my nasolacrimal ducts. This one didn't jerk my tears, it just sort of gave me hope. Mired in Dennis's brutal awkwardness, I couldn't help but cheer him on when the only thing he really wanted from Toi was to save him from the gut wrenching loneliness that was still there as he was being accosted by Thailand's finest. IDK if it was his upbringing or my own idealistic tendencies, but Dennis's refusal to sex even if Toi was kinda really cute in that thing signifies to me even more that just sex, the casual variety of intimacy, was something that Dennis has experienced and understands the fleeting nature of. Description said unexpected lesson about life and love. I think Dennis was taught what love meant the moment he stepped into that gym. Loving something or someone is being able to be or do anywhere and enjoy it just as much as you would at home. Love is the universal language that needs not for words to fail to have its place. Love brings together no matter where, no matter how and no matter who. I think this taught me and the viewer what love isn't. Love is not the absence of loneliness but rather the embracing of loneliness through companionship. Dennis's mother feels as if he does not love her because he leaves on his own whim. Dennis only leaves because he is lonely. Lonely because the companionship of a mother waits only to be replaced by matrimony. Void of matrimonial substance, Ingrid clings to her son. Love is not conditional upon loyalty to this companionship however. Love can transcend time and space. Love rends the heart while its claws lay hundreds of miles away, only to be mended with the redolent whispers of lovers, nowadays voiced over internet protocol. Love is in the letters of bygone days between the stranded and the shipwrecked.

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Release Date:

22 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teddy Bear See more »

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Denmark See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,388, 26 August 2012

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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