• James Rutherford

'Another Round': An Audacious Depiction of Mid-Life Crisis and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness


Movie poster for the film Another Round starring Mads Mikkelsen

Another Round (Druk) is an audacious and invigorating Danish comedy-drama starring Mads Mikkelsen as Martin, a middle-aged teacher who has become disaffected by the grind of day-to-day existence. Celebrating the 40th birthday of their fellow teacher Nikolaj (Magnus Millang), Martin, Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen) and Peter (Lars Ranthe) discuss the research of Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud, who hypothesized that humans commonly suffer from a blood alcohol deficiency of .05%.


While the group initially dismisses the notion of inadequate blood alcohol, the increasingly depressed Martin decides to test Skårderud’s assumption—imbibing daily while carefully monitoring his BAC levels. His three comrades soon follow, with the results proving monumental as they discover a remarkable increase to their levels of happiness—Martin finding particular favor in his newly invigorated marriage. Ultimately their experiment proves costly, however, as each of the four participants finds their perpetual drunkenness to have surprising and unforeseen ramifications.


Co-written and directed by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, The Hunt), and winner of the 2021 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, Another Round is neither a cautionary tale nor does it encourage unmitigated alcohol consumption. Instead it's a fresh and open-hearted depiction of midlife crisis and the desperate pursuit of happiness, often beset by melancholy and complexity. Rousing and often quite humorous, it’s a unique escapade highlighted, in fact, by one of the most delightful and unexpected dance sequences in cinematic history.

 

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