Fantastic Fest 2011 Audio Reviews: Danish 'Clown' & French Horror 'Livid'
by Tim Buel
September 24, 2011
Hey everyone! Tim from The Golden Briefcase back for Day 2 updates from Fantastic Fest 2011! Among today’s films we had the distinct pleasure of checking out two, one of which was a very pleasant surprise. We saw Clown (aka Klovn: The Movie), a comedy from Denmark starring stand-up comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen that put awkward situations to the extreme and brought some of the best laughs I've had. We also got to see the follow-up film from the directors of French horror Inside, Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo, titled Livid (aka Livide). The film ended up being quite divisive with many viewers.
Mikkel Nørgaard's Clown tells the story of the two comedians (Hvam and Christenson) playing more fictionalized versions of themselves, embarking on a canoe trip away from their women to have some "man time." The catch is, they bring their friend's 11-year old kid along for the ride in order to prove that Frank has "father potential." Hijinks ensue in the most obscene ways possible, with scenes rivaling the most awkward and hilarious you have ever seen. We took a minute after the screening to chat with Britt Hayes (@MissBrittHayes) and J.C. DeLeon (@jcdeleon1) from Brutal As Hell to discuss the movie! Listen here:
Maury & Bustillo's Livid was something that Jeremy and myself were very much looking forward to after being huge fans of Inside (2007). The film follows Lucy, a young woman embarking on a new job of nursing for the elderly. During her daily tour, she comes to the house of a very old woman in a deep coma. Her instructor says the woman's wishes are to die at home with her "treasure." Lucy tells her boyfriend who decides they want to break in and rob the woman. This setup unfolds in very mystical and horrifying ways, showing a very different yet mature departure from Inside. We shared post-screening thoughts with guests Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) from TwitchFilm and Brad McHargue (@BradMcHargue) from Mile High Cinema/Bloody-Disgusting, both of whom had very different opinions on the film. Listen here:
So those were our highlights from Day 2 down in Austin! Be sure to check back for the rest of our ongoing coverage live from Fantastic Fest 2011 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, and follow our main Twitter account @GoldenBriefcase for more audio reviews and opinions. You can also follow @timbuel and @JeremyKKirk for updates straight from Austin. Teaser photo above is from Maury & Bustillo's film Livid.
Reader Feedback - 2 Comments
i'm looking forward to seeing "livid". i like the premise.
Anonymous on Sep 24, 2011
The tv show "Klovn" as well as the movie is from DENMARK (not Sweden). It is nice to hear that you enjoyed the movie, however, "Klovn" is actually received with quite split opinions here. Many Danes think that the show is hilarious, while others think its way beyond stupid. I personally haven't seen the movie myself, nor did I ever watch the tv series. But I might give it a try after an American review (as ironic as it is).
Papa Justify on Sep 25, 2011
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