‘Another round’ or explorations of the male world in the Danish style

Is Another Round an invitation to stay in a permanent state of intoxication? Or is it a story about love, friendship between men and reflection on the intensities of life?

Maria Teresa Juarez

“Brina in the heat of the dawn
the wine of your chalice, spring tulip red
Provides the smile of a young man
the red wine like your lips.
Drink and forget
that the fist of Pain will hit you soon “
Omar Kayam

Busy, which in Danish means drunkenness or revelry, is the most recent tape by Thomas Vinterberg. In Spanish this tape was distributed under the title: Another round.

This director was catapulted to fame for being one of the founders of the Movement Dogma 95: a cinematographic trend that sought simplicity in production resources and depth in the exploration of stories that do not provide easy outlets for emotions or characters. Dogma 95 It was also made up of Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring and the controversial Lars Von Trier.

In his first movie, Firm (1998), Thomas Vinterberg unmasks the multiple misfortunes of the traditional family model such as sexual violence, incest and racism.

Firm was internationally acclaimed and the starting point for a director who dares to dive into the exploration of themes such as patriarchal violence, male identities, substance use, alcoholism or depression from a deep look.

With this I am not saying that Vinterberg is a filmmaker who explores male identities through activism. However, in several of his films, some of the male characters tend to go through important moments in the reflection about their most intense fears, their feelings and a genuine desire for transformation.

In specific cases such as Firm, there is an open confrontation between the main character and his father: a patriarch who has violated his family in every possible way.

Examining all the spectra of alcohol

Another round It is not another tape about alcoholism and redemption. It’s about exploring how difficult it is to deal with everyday life.

The starting point is interesting: four friends – teachers of unmotivated adolescents – burdened by daily life, take up the following premise attributed to the psychiatrist Finn Skärderud: human beings are born with a deficit of 0.5 percent of alcohol in the blood, for which, it would be highly recommended to drink this amount to “be well”, intoned then.

Based on this idea, the four teachers embark on the adventure of drinking up to 0.5 percent alcohol every morning to make up for this “deficit”. As a parenthesis, in a note published by the German media DW in April this year, the psychiatrist Finn Skärderud, clarifies that this reference is false and that, in fact, he has dedicated a large part of his life to treating addictions.

That said, this story takes the reference more as a pretext to open the plot to the reflection of human relationships and the male world, very Danish style.

As expected, little by little these four teachers lose control of the daily dose. For his part, Mads Mikkelsen, the leading actor in this story, gives us a masterful performance.

And what about the soundtrack! Topics like Sonata in D Minor by Domenico Scarlatti, Fantasy in f minor from Schubert, the great funk theme: Cissy Strut of the American group: The Meters and the apotheosis closing with: What A Life, from Scarlet Pleasure, recreate emotional atmospheres that will go down in history.

Catharsis in difficult times

At a time marked by the pandemic, this film offers a fresh look at the human desire to have a good time in a world in which, at times, living seems to be quite exhausting.

It is Another round an invitation to stay in a permanent state of intoxication? Or is it a story about love, friendship between men and reflection on the intensities of life?

Highly recommended tapes like Firm (1998) and Submarine (2010), explorations of the masculine world much in the style of director Thomas Vinterberg.

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‘Another round’ or explorations of the male world in the Danish style