Easy Skanking

A college student stumbles into a life of crime as a drug dealer's gofer in jaunty, oddly dark-seamed comedy "Easy Skanking." A solid-gold hit in its native Denmark last autumn, third feature by actress-cum-TV personality-cum-helmer Hella Joof could raise smiles offshore at fests.

With:
With: Rudi Kohnke, Lene Maria Christensen, Jesper Dahl, Jonatan Spang, Mia Lyhne, Soren Sondergaard Nielsen.

A college student stumbles into a life of crime as a drug dealer’s gofer in jaunty, oddly dark-seamed comedy “Easy Skanking.” A solid-gold hit in its native Denmark last autumn, third feature by actress-cum-TV personality-cum-helmer Hella Joof (“Oh Happy Day”) could raise smiles offshore at fests, but its appeal and humor may be too local to make for an easy translation to other territories.

Joaquin Phoenix lookalike Rudi Kohnke stars as Kalle, a laid-back student who gets involved with gangster Paten (Jesper Dahl) in order to help out friend Agger (Jonatan Spang). When Paten’s sent to jail, Kalle and Paten’s trashy-dressing, physically abused dimwit g.f. Saby (Lene Maria Christensen) can’t help falling for each other, even though Paten will kill them if he finds out. Nor will he be happy to discover that Kalle’s dipping into his money stash. Action partly unfolds in Copenhagen’s city-within-the-city Christiania, where Saby was raised, allowing for interesting asides about a generation raised by hippie parents, while minor characters are full of life. Christensen’s bubbly variation on a classic dumb-blonde role reps pic’s strongest point, and Joof’s fluent helming moves things along nicely.

Easy Skanking

Denmark

Production: A Fine & Mellow Prods. A/S production, in association with the Danish Film Institute. (International sales: Nordisk, Valby.) Produced by Thomas Gammeltoft. Executive producers, Jannik Johansen, Hella Joof, Gammeltoft. Directed by Hella Joof. Screenplay, Joof, Troels A. Vestergaard, Bo Hr. Hansen.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Kim Hogh; editor, Adam Nielsen; music, Saqib; production designer, Mette Rio. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival (Nordic Film Market), Feb. 2, 2007. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Rudi Kohnke, Lene Maria Christensen, Jesper Dahl, Jonatan Spang, Mia Lyhne, Soren Sondergaard Nielsen.

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