Still of Kim Kold in Teddy Bear
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Mads Matthiesen
As a 38-year-old professional body builder with biceps bigger than most people’s head, you would think Dennis Petersen (Kim Kold) wouldn’t be afraid of anything, but once you place him near a member of the opposite sex, he shuts down and all forms of social anxiety surface. To make matters worse, he lives with his overbearing mother (Elsebeth Steentoft), who becomes physically distraught and the thought of Dennis having another woman in his life, which is why he lies about his attempts at dating. Yearning to find love, the mass of muscles takes a tip from his recently married uncle and takes a vacation in Thailand to find a girl. However, his idea of true love is tainted with the forcefulness of the sexual culture and when all seems lost, he meets Toi (Lamaiporn Hougaard), a widowed gym owner who may be exactly what Dennis is searching for. Director Mads Matthiesen expands the short film “Dennis” he shared at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and takes us on a cultural shock holiday as he clearly proves you can’t judge a book by its cover. Kold is the giant with a heart of gold that you can’t help but fall in love with and cheer for when happiness is just around the corner. With that said, the stand-out performance of the film comes from the supportive role given by Steentoft, who absolutely makes you believe a frail women in her 60s could stand up to the likes of Kold with her cruel demeanor and remorseless nature.
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