Oldboys

When a meek, middle-aged janitor, accidentally left behind on a soccer-team outing, teams with an advice-spouting holdup man, he eventually finds the path to a happier, more confident self in "Oldboys." This low-key comic road movie from debuting Danish director-writer Nikolaj Steen plays in part like an extended episode of "The Odd Couple" and was the surprise winner of the audience award in Karlovy Vary, auguring further fest play.

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With: Kristian Halken, Robert Hansen, Laura Christensen, Rasmus Bjerg.

When a meek, middle-aged janitor, accidentally left behind on a soccer-team outing, teams with an advice-spouting holdup man, he eventually finds the path to a happier, more confident self in “Oldboys.” This low-key comic road movie from debuting Danish director-writer Nikolaj Steen plays in part like an extended episode of “The Odd Couple” and was the surprise winner of the audience award in Karlovy Vary, auguring further fest play.

On an excursion to Sweden where his soccer club of Danish seniors is slated for a match, self-effacing Vagn (Kristian Halken) is forgotten at a rest stop. His unlikely savior turns out to be John (Robert Hansen), a young ex-con with a penchant for New Age personal growth. As the two men argue their way north, they pick up Jeanne (Laura Christensen), a perky single mother. Deploying both situational and character-based humor, Steen’s script keeps the comedy gentle but allows only the three leads to rise above caricature. Craft package is solidly pro; pic earned Danish Academy Awards for song and score, and sold 67,000 ducats during its 2009 release.

Oldboys

Denmark

Production: A Nordisk Film Distribution release of a Nordisk Film Valby production with the support of Danish Film Institute, the Filmstock Pool, TV 2, Film i Vast. (International sales: TrustNordisk, Hvidovre, Denmark.) Produced by Rene Ezra, Tomas Radoor. Executive producer, Kim Magnusson. Directed, written by Nikolaj Steen.

Crew: Camera (color), Niels Reedtz Johansen; editor, My Thordal; music, Tina Dickow; production designer, Hans Christian Kock, Claus Lynge; costume designer, Louise Nissen. Reviewed on DVD, Prague, July 22, 2010. (In Karlovy Vary Film Festival -- Another View.) Running time: 97 MIN.

With: With: Kristian Halken, Robert Hansen, Laura Christensen, Rasmus Bjerg.

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