Director: Mads Matthiesen
Screenwriters: Mads Matthiesen, Martin Pieter Zandvliet
In the opening moments of Teddy Bear, a colossal, laconic man tries and fails, over shrimp cocktail, to make small talk with his date. Such is the fascinating paradox of Dennis, a champion bodybuilder whose impressive physical prowess does not defeat his social discomfort or solitude. At home after the date, something is awry when Dennis reflexively lies when a voice behind a door questions his whereabouts. That voice, we soon learn, belongs to Dennisâ€™s fragile, birdlike mother, who wields a powerful hold on his heart. This maternal anchor by no means allays his chronic longing for love, so he musters the courage to embark on a quest. In Thailand, amid sex tourists, monolithic hotels, and local gym rats, Dennis begins to overcome his fears and personal limitations.
Watching Dennisâ€™s quiet revolution gather steam transfixes us in this subtle, moving story about integrity, the inherent strength in gentleness, and what it means to be dutiful to oneself.
- International Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- Denmark, 93 min.
- World Cinema Directing Award Dramatic