Review: Wild Men
Cinema: Wild Men (2021)
Lumbering towards a local shop dressed in furs, a Viking enters and fills his shopping basket full of biscuits and crisps. On getting to the checkout he can’t pay because he has no money, and offers the cashier his axe in payment.
This isn’t a time traveller, it’s a man called Martin (Rasmus Bjerg) who has left his family back in the city and decided to go back to the land and live in the forest, but despite looking like a Viking he’s not completely cut out for life in the wild.
Meanwhile drug dealer Musa (Zaki Youssef) is involved in a car crash with other members of a drug gang, and crawling out of the wreckage he takes the drug money with him. Injured and lost in the forest, he comes across Martin, and they become unlikely ‘friends’.
Director Thomas Daneskov has got a great set of actors and written a funny and truly heartfelt tale of men in crisis, showing their vulnerability, all tied up in a crime caper.
Along with Bjørn Sundquist as Oyvind, an old policeman waiting to retire being a notable standout.
This is a lovely film that wears its humanity on its sleeve.
Wild Men in cinemas 6 May: https://wildmen.co.uk/
Review by Tina from a screening link kindly supplied by Blue Finch Film Releasing via Alternate Current PR.