RIDERS OF JUSTICE (RETFÆRDIGHEDENS RYTTERE)
Denmark, 2020 / 111 min / Danish OV with English or French & Dutch subt. / Comedy-Drama
Markus vows revenge after finding out his wife’s accidental death was a carefully plotted assassination.
The deployed military man Markus has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be plain bad luck – until the mathematics geek Otto shows up with his two eccentric colleagues, Lennart and Emmenthaler. Otto was also a passenger on the wrecked train. He is convinced someone must have been behind it. As the clues pile up, it becomes clear to Markus, it might have been a carefully orchestrated assassination by a biker gang which his wife ended up being a random casualty of. Markus wants revenge and embarks on a mission to find those responsible.
Anders Thomas Jensen's new dark comedy is a modern fable about solidarity, the randomness of the universe... and, well, the meaning of life.
“There’s a comic force at play, in particular to the raging, profane banter between Lennart and Emmenthaler, that sweeps all aside before it. That, and the overweening absurdity which these “overly intelligent charlatans” play with a straight face, help Jensen balance on a difficult tightrope between farce and tragedy […]in terms of deranged, unpredictable escapism, Riders Of Justice delivers. It’s a strange adventure in the company of people you’d avoid in the flesh but enjoy spending time with here. Mikkelsen reins it in to give the film to his extrovert co-stars, in particular Nicolas Bro and Lars Byrgmann who are clear highlights. Newcomer Andrea Heicke Gadeberg plays Mathilde at exactly the right pitch, vulnerable, determined, and a straight young lady to Jensen’s band of crazies.” Fionnuala Halligan, ScreenDaily, 01/02/2021
Anders Thomas Jensen is one of Denmark’s most renowned screenwriters and directors. From the 1990s to the present day, he has been written the scripts for several Danish hits including three Dogma films: The King is Alive (2000) by Kristian Levring, Mifune (1998) by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen and Open Hearts (2002) by Susanne Bier. In 1999 he won the Oscar for Best Short Film for Election Night. He had already received Oscar nominations for his first short films Ernest & the Light (1996) and Wolfgang (1997). In 2000, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Flickering Lights. This was followed by The Green Butchers (2005) and Adam's Apples (2006). In 2003, he was awarded an Honorary Bodil Award for his collected contribution to Danish cinema, followed by the prestigious Nordisk Film Award in 2005. Riders of Justice (2020) is his fifth feature film.
- 2020 – Retfærdighedens ryttere
- 2015 – Mænd og høns
- 2005 – Adams æbler
- 2003 – De grønne slagtere
- 2000 – Blinkende lygter
- 1998 – Valgaften (short)
- 1997 – Wolfgang (short)
- 1996 – Ernst & Lyset (short)