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Another Round (Druk) (12A)

Cast: Lars Ranthe, Thomas Bo Larsen, Mads Mikkelsen
Genre: Comedy
Author(s): Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Release Date: 02/07/2021 (selected cinemas)
Running Time: 117mins
Country: Den
Year: 2020

Disillusioned teacher Martin and his fellow educators Nikolaj, Peter and Tommy are losing faith in their ability to mould impressionable young minds at a high school in Copenhagen. The four men are inspired by a scientific study, which claims alcohol can stimulate creativity and ease stress. In response, the teachers drink to maintain a steady blood alcohol level during the working day. The experiment is a surprising success.

LondonNet Film Review
Another Round (12A)

I’ve never enjoyed the taste of alcohol. Consequently, sobriety has been my steadfast companion for 47 years aside from one ritualistic shot of honey-flavoured Yukon Jack whisky garnished with a mummified human toe to earn my membership of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club in Canada. Without the tangy personal experience of a tipsy indiscretion or hangover, it’s hard for me to challenge Norwegian philosopher and psychologist Finn Skarderud, who hypothesises that humans are born with a 0.05% blood alcohol level shortfall. His theory – that a sustained increase in blood alcohol content (BAC) promotes relaxation, creativity and openness – is rigorously tested by four disillusioned teachers in Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-winning coming-of-middle age comedy drama…

The men gather data for an academic study to determine if regular swigs of wine, whisky and vodka can improve communication with their students and plaster cracks in their personal lives. The only stipulation is they must not drink after 8pm or at weekends – maintaining a 0.05% BAC during the working week purely to validate the scientific theory. Dedicated to the memory of Danish writer-director Vinterberg’s teenage daughter, who died during filmmaking, Another Round enthusiastically chugs down its refreshing premise, imbued with delicate notes of romance, tragedy and joy. Mads Mikkelsen anchors the central cast with an emotionally rich and layered performance as a family man, who fears he has become entrenched in monotonous patterns after a carefree youth that promised much until fatherhood forced him to choose security over ambition.

He plays history teacher Martin, whose bored students struggle to follow his haphazard lessons, which are sometimes delivered verbatim from a well-thumbed textbook. His marriage to wife Anika (Maria Bonnevie) is stagnant – she works night shifts – and sons Jonas (Magnus Sjorup) and Kasper (Silas Cornelius Van) barely register his presence. During a 40th birthday meal for fellow teacher Nikolaj (Magnus Millang) with colleagues Peter (Lars Ranthe) and Tommy (Thomas Bo Larsen), the men debate Skarderud’s hypothesis and forge a secret pact to drink their way out of a rut.

The experiment delivers encouraging initial results: Martin’s students become engaged, music teacher Peter channels a choir’s sweet harmony and sports master Tommy bolsters the footballing prowess of an uncoordinated weakling named Specs. “I haven’t felt this good in ages,” gushes Martin, who proposes they all increase their BAC above 0.05%.

Another Round is a life-affirming and crowd-pleasing cocktail that slips down sweetly, even with a generous glug of salty tears in the film’s second half. Handheld camerawork courtesy of cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen feels intimate and natural. It’s a perfect fit as teachers’ lives spin out of control and the script, co-written by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, soberly acknowledges the perils of excessive drinking. Raise a glass and toast Vinterberg’s bittersweet, intoxicating brew.

– Jo Planter

London Cinemas Showing Another Round (Druk)

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To: Thursday 5th August

Barbican Cinemas 2 & 3

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Crouch End Picturehouse

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Curzon Aldgate

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Curzon Bloomsbury

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Curzon Hoxton

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Curzon Mayfair

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Curzon Soho

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Curzon Wimbledon

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Everyman King’s Cross

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Everyman Screen On The Green

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Fulham Road Picturehouse

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Gate Picturehouse, Notting Hill

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Greenwich Picturehouse

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Odeon Covent Garden

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Odeon Luxe & Dine Islington

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Picturehouse Central

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Rich Mix

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Ritzy Picturehouse

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The Castle Cinema

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The Lexi Cinema

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Vue Finchley Road (O2 Centre)

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Vue Islington

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Vue Westfield London

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West Norwood Picturehouse

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UK and Irish Cinemas Showing Another Round (Druk)

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Arts Picturehouse

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Cameo Picturehouse

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City Screen Picturehouse

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Curzon Richmond

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Everyman Bristol

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Everyman Newcastle

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Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse

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Phoenix Picturehouse

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Picturehouse At FACT

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Vue Leeds The Light

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