The Mid Vinyl Crisis gets a heady twist in Thomas Winterberg’s Tragicomedy, which serves Mads Mikkelsen on the rocks. “Another Round” (titled “Druk” in the original Danish version) kills the plot in its plot by reversing the alcoholic origin as the cinema usually pedals it. For a change, this is not about binge-boggling youth who invite trouble with scorched antics. While that bunch lives indifferently about fizzing with their smartphones in this film, the story here is of their father drinking himself into misunderstandings.
But Winterberg’s film is not just about the midlife crisis. It is about understanding the underlying medium-life crisis of its four protagonists through the lens of the illusion of the coming era. There is an element of similarity between addictions – smartphones and bottles – that the plot indicates. If youth everywhere are emphasizing their touch screens for social media solutions, and middle-aged people still have to move beyond similar emotional fragility – at least, by this script. The forces driving both are loneliness and need.
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The element of midlife crisis becomes more interesting because its victims – four friends – are teachers, men who, at all times, remain in control before their wards. Four friends teach at the same school in an unspecified city in Denmark, and their personal stories underline all that has gone wrong with their lives.
Martin (Mickelson) is a history teacher and father of two, navigating rough weather at home with wife Anika (Maria Bonevi). Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen) is a sports instructor and bachelor. Peter (Lars Ranthe), also a graduate, teaches music, while Nikolaj (Magnus Milang) is a psychology teacher. He is married, and has three small boys, who give him very little time for himself.
One day, Nikolaj comes up with one of the most basic theories, citing Norway’s psychologist, Finn Skerrand. He claims that blood-alcohol levels in humans are generally lower than optimal, and states that if a person has to drink enough (called 0.5 percent) to restore a deficit, then life is lost every Can be beautiful in a way. There will also be a marked improvement in what one does.
It begins as a wild-side ride to friends, as they set about their whiskey experiment. Winterberg and co-writer Tobias Lindholm ride a bittersweet craft with humor that turns out to be subtle wit and in-your-face slapstick. Yet there is the undercurrent blackness that never leaves his life. Partly to succeed with his experiment and partly to succeed with increasing addiction, four friends also start drinking at school.
“Another Round” appears amidst all-too-believable characters and narrative backgrounds, but never gets a comment about its protagonist. It is interesting to note how a story about alcoholics portrays its protagonist with a comic quotient, but Caricature never resorts to the cliché that cinema often reserves for drunken portraits.
A notable artist brings the characters to life effectively. Mikkelsen, in particular, goes characteristically minimal for maximum effect, while bringing alive Martin. This is an authorized role, provided in error.
The actor and his actors are heavily supported by an artist who excels in every aspect of filmmaking – the cinematography of Stirla Brandt Grohlen and the music of Janus Bilskov Johnson is particularly exceptional as they live to tell Winterberg’s story, Never leave the film’s gray subtext overshadows to its amusement. Values. Mickelsen, Winterberg, and company have mixed it up as perfect – mixed, witty, and ironic in the right proportions. In addition, a contender at the Oscars for Best Director and Best International Feature Film, although we will also root for Mikelsen’s nomination.
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