Director – Thomas Vinterberg – 2020 – Denmark – Cert. 12a – 115m
Four teachers decide to test the theory that human beings function better with a little alcohol permanently in their blood – in cinemas in the UK from Friday, July 2nd
Racing round the lake carrying a crate of beer. Drink a bottle at every stop. Penalty points if you puke, less points if you all puke together as a team.
That’s a typical weekend activity for their students, but four teachers are an older generation, some of them married with kids and dealing with more mature relationship issues.
One of them has been reading an academic theory that humans have an alcohol deficiency of about 0.5% and convinces the other three to help him conduct an experiment. They will all consume the amount of alcohol required to bring them up to the theory’s optimum level.
The experiment is initially successful, but then wreaks havoc within each of their lives as they up the quantity of alcohol to the next level.
Using intertitles to indicate the increasing percentage of alcohol in the blood as the four drink collectively or individually, this drama charts what happens to the four as they pursue their idea to its logical conclusion and beyond.… Read the rest