De Grønne slagtere
starring Line Kruse, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro
written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
by Bill Chambers SPOILER WARNING IN EFFECT. There's nothing groundbreaking about Anders Thomas Jensen's blessedly non-Dogme The Green Butchers, the latest movie to mine the consumption of human flesh for laughs (even the title suggests a cheeky allusion to Soylent Green)--but for a comedy, that most culturally-specific of genres, the Danish production travels remarkably well. Credit a skillful subtitle translation that preserves the wit of Jensen's repartee, not to mention the chemistry between stars Mads Mikkelsen and Nikolaj Lie Kaas, who, as chronic perspirer Svend and pothead Bjarne, respectively, transcend language like some nouveau Ren and Stimpy. (That being said, they're occasionally too redolent of Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro for this writer's comfort.) Proprietors of the new butcher shop in town, Svend and Bjarne face early foreclosure until an electrician accidentally freezes to death in their meat locker, inspiring a desperate Svend to turn the corpse's thigh into fillets he promptly dubs "chickie-wickies." These cutlets catch on with the locals, natch, and the desire to stay popular transforms Svend into a serial killer, with Bjarne acting as his reluctant but too-stuporous-to-resist accomplice.