Two outcast brothers, through getting to know their unknown family, discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.
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Credited cast:
David Dencik ... Gabriel
Mads Mikkelsen ... Elias
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Gregor
Søren Malling ... Franz
Nicolas Bro ... Josef
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stine Engberg Andersen Stine Engberg Andersen ... Epilog pige I
Rikke Louise Andersson ... Sara
Ulla Asbjørn-Damsted Ulla Asbjørn-Damsted ... Gæst
Thor Bisbjerg Thor Bisbjerg ... Hvid kittel II
Valdemar Bemmann Bredning Valdemar Bemmann Bredning ... Boy I
Lisbet Dahl Lisbet Dahl ... Susan
Johnny Didriksen Johnny Didriksen ... Hvid kittel V
Matti Ehlers Matti Ehlers ... Dreng børnehaven
Daniel Engstrup Daniel Engstrup ... Hvid kittel I
Jens Fitzau Jens Fitzau ... Tjener I


Gabriel and Elias are two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. During a lecture Gabriel receives a phone call. Their father is dead. Things take a turn when the brothers learn through a videotape recorded by their now late father, that he in fact wasn't their biological father. Gabriel and Elias discover that their biological father lives on the island Ork. They set out to the island and here they meet their real family. The brothers' first meeting with the family doesn't go as expected. Gabriel and Elias are stranded in the marshland of Ork. Here they meet the mayor of Ork and his daughter Ellen, a neurotic woman who hates her life, herself, her father and the island. Surrounded by abnormal people, Gabriel and Elias discover the truth about themselves and their relatives. A truth that while paralyzing them also sets them free. Written by Anders Thomas Jensen

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Man vælger ikke selv sin familie (You don't choose your own family)


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The child's voice narration at the beginning and the end of the film was performed by the director's daughter, Karen Marie Jensen. See more »


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Wtf! reactions and giggling through tragicomic environment
10 October 2015 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

In recent decades, in the West, it has been difficult to create a production where "variously challenged" persons are subject to irony, mockery, with characteristic violence and non-piety. The US is probably out of the question already, only Brits and Scandinavians have still dared to create something different within the subject mentioned. Mænd & høns is another fine example of them, with excellent script and direction (Anders Thomas Jensen) and strong ensemble cast (virtually all performers belong to the finest contemporary Danish film actors) have provided a meaty and distinct result.

True, not all characters are at the same level, e.g. Søren Malling and Nicolas Bro could not reveal their talent in full, but David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas were brilliant again - and in such different roles! No villains, no clerks, no policemen... Those not acquainted with those names should definitely see other films with their presence - to realise how versatile actors they are.

It is evident that some social strata may feel themselves affected and somewhat resentful, but the film should not be taken too seriously. However, it contains multiple warnings and attitudes that can/should be avoided.

All in all, another good Danish film, recommended to them fond of twisted humour connected with society-related stuff to be pondered on and over.

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Denmark | Germany



Release Date:

5 February 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Men & Chicken See more »

Filming Locations:

Beelitz, Brandenburg, Germany See more »


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$2,654, 24 April 2016

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2.35 : 1
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