Men & Chicken

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, 2015

Arrow Films

Two brothers — one of whom is a compulsive masturbator — arrive on the remote Danish island of Ork in search of their long-lost geneticist father.

There they are thwacked over the head with stuffed animals, sleep in a room full of cheese, and discover bizarre sexual practices among the repellent misfits who live in a rambling, crumbling mansion alongside various farm animals and chicken cow chimeras.

All this is conveyed with deadpan seriousness by a lugubrious cast that includes Mads Mikkelsen.

But the abrupt tonal shifts, from wacky slapstick to grotesque absurdism and finally to feel-good philosophical fable, make for a lurching, queasy experience: a cinematic hybrid that is neither fish nor fowl.

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