Take one part deftly directed tragicomedy, add a dash of Mads Mikkelsen in vintage form, and you’ve got this intoxicating look at midlife crises. Mikkelsen is reunited with ‘The Hunt’ director Thomas Vinterberg in this riotously entertaining tragicomedy.
Mads and three other disaffected teachers decide to follow a theory that promotes methodically prescribed all-day drinking to battle depression. To get their mojo back they furtively imbibe clear spirits decanted into mineral water bottles. Merely keeping a steady and low alcohol level inevitably proves too much as Mikkelsen’s Martin slides into alcoholism.
‘Another Round’ spirals into an ironic portrait of debauchery loaded with vicious twists, leading to hectic decisions both wrenching and hilarious. It’s a joy to see Vinterberg and Mikkelsen find their groove again. At the end of October, the 2020 BFI London Film Festival unveiled its virtual audience award winner for Best Film as none other than ‘Another Round’.