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Charming and surprising up until its electrifying, invigorating final moments, Another Round is a tale of mid-life crisis unlike the others. Drinking alcohol is both a huge problem and a national pastime in Denmark. Despite, or perhaps because of this, four middle aged men – all burnt out teachers at the same high school – decide to test a philosophical theory that a small consistent increase in one’s blood alcohol level leads to a better more complete life. The theory goes that humans are actually born with an alcohol deficiency and that making up for that with constant drinking in moderation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity.


For history teacher Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) and his three friends, this tantalizing theory offers the possibility of reconnecting with the spirit of their younger selves. They decide to create a ‘scientific’ study with themselves as guinea pigs, and the initial results are positive – each experiencing a newfound confidence and easygoing nature that benefits them both personally and professionally. And, when they push the boundary even further, their results continue to improve and the group feels alive again. As the units continue to be knocked back, however, some of the participants go off the rails and it becomes increasingly clear that some bold experiments carry severe consequences.


Director Thomas Vinterberg uses this bold premise to explore the euphoria and pain of an unbridled life. Playing a once brilliant but now world-weary shell of a man, the ever surprising Mikkelsen delivers a fierce and touching performance in this film that's full of rich emotion, humor and a touch of tragedy.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    116 minutes
  • Language
    Danish
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Director
    Thomas Vinterberg
  • Screenwriter
    Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm
  • Cast
    Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang
  • Cinematographer
    Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
  • Editor
    Anne Østerud, Janus Billeskov Jansen
  • Music
    Janus Billeskov Jansen