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Terribly Happy

Terribly Happy
U.S. theatrical release poster
Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz
Produced by Tina Dalhoff
Thomas Gammeltoft
Written by Henrik Ruben Genz (screenplay)
Dunja Gry Jensen (screenplay)
Erling Jepsen (novel)
Starring Jakob Cedergren
Lene Maria Christensen
Music by Kaare Bjerkø
Cinematography Jørgen Johansson
Release dates
  • October 2, 2008 (2008-10-02)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Box office $165,000

Terribly Happy (Danish: Frygtelig lykkelig) is a 2008 Danish film directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, based on Erling Jepsen's novel of the same name from 2004.

The film was first shown in the film industry at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July 2008, in the Czech Republic, where it won the Crystal Globe (Grand Prize).[1]

This film has been compared, in concept, to two films by the Coen brothers: Blood Simple (1985) and No Country for Old Men (2007).[2]

Plot summary

The film is about a policeman, Robert Hansen, from Copenhagen who makes a mistake, is sent for therapy, and then is assigned to a small town in South Jutland.[3]


The film received strong reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows that 89% of 46 critics (all but one of the top 16 critics) gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.3 out of 10, concluding that "this knotty Danish noir thriller steers audiences into some nicely unexpected territory."[4] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 1–100 reviews from film critics, gives a rating score of 74 based on 18 reviews.[5]


Terribly Happy won several Robert awards in 2009, including Best Danish Film, Best Director, Best Female Lead, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematographer.[6]

It was the official submission of Denmark for the category of Best Foreign Language Film for the 82nd Academy Awards in March 2010.[7]


  1. ^ "Terribly Happy wins Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe".  
  2. ^ "IFFBoston Screening Series: Terribly Happy", Independent Film Festival of Boston, March 4, 2010. "Quickly spiraling into an intense fable reminiscent of the Coen Brothers’ BLOOD SIMPLE and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, director Henrik Ruben Genz displays a unique and sometimes macabre vision of the darkest depths to which people will go to achieve a sense of security and belonging."
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (February 5, 2010). "Not Exactly a Danish Grover’s Corners".  
  4. ^ "Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig)".  
  5. ^ "Terribly Happy".  
  6. ^ "Frygtelig lykkelig".  
  7. ^ "65 films contend for foreign-language Oscar". Seattle Times. October 15, 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

Further reading

  • Simon, Alissa, "Review: Terribly Happy - Frygtelig lykkelig (Denmark)", Variety, Tuesday, July 8, 2008
  • Symkus, Ed, "Movie review: 'Terribly Happy' a mysterious Western set in Denmark", Holland Sentinel, Holland, Michigan, GateHouse News Service, March 5, 2010

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