Must-watch Mondays: Kim Bodnia

Must-watch Mondays

The top three films you should be watching this week

This week: Kim Bodnia


(Pictured – Skytten)

Yesterday on Swedish television the first teaser of The Bridge series three was shown. While this brings on exciting times as we have been yearning for more drama from the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, with this teaser comes the reinforcement that our beloved Martin Rohde will not be returning. Martin, who has clearly been kicked down and destroyed by the storylines of The Bridge, is currently in prison and bringing him out some more will only seem bizarre at this point. Hasn’t the poor man suffered enough? Despite the justification of his lack of appearance in season three, we can’t help but feel a longing for the man behind the character, Kim Bodnia, So, for this weeks list of films you should go out and watch, we are looking at three Kim Bodnia films where his role as the bad guy or the criminal is superbly fantastic. I’ve avoided the Pusher films as those are the ones that understandably made him well known, but if you haven’t seen the Pusher trilogy I strongly recommend you go and do that right now. Otherwise, move onto these three films:

  1. The Candidate

Jonas Bechmann, a defense attorney, is a man of the system. Until the day he himself is accused of murder. Taking matters into his own hands, he throws himself into the hunt for a group of blackmailers who threaten to expose him as the killer. But nothing is what it appears to be, and the blackmail links back to his father’s death under mysterious circumstances a year and a half earlier. – IMDb

Starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, this is a perfect Nordic Noir film that never got huge international attention – perhaps due to the fact it was only reviewed as being mediocre. Despite this, I quite like the nourish feel as well as the plot. It’s a really cool sounding story, and having Kim be part of this all-star cast makes it a must see for Nordic Noir fans.

  1. In a Better World

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian’s mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. – IMDb

In a Better World is rather well known internationally, mostly for the fact that it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Again this is a film with an all-star cast, and in this Kim Bodnia plays a father with an anger problem who belittles and taunts Anton, played by Mikael Persbrandt. The film discusses the complexity of morals, and Kim’s role serves to show that being angry isn’t the right way to go about it. In the end, the two kids attempt to get their revenge on Bodnia’s character – where things go terribly wrong.

3. Skytten

Denmark’s political scene is a public riot with ecologists and pro-nature activists demonstrating on the streets. The actual government legislature is far from keeping the promises of not to planting oil-rigs in the Arctic See sanctuaries. The potential ecological consequences are incalculable and journalist Julie takes up the battle through a debate with those responsible in the administration. Rasmus is a hotheaded geophysicist, who upon return from the Arctic believes the only valid methods to convince the money-minded government officials are violence and intimidation. Equipped with a gun, he not only takes the journalist as hostage, but the whole of Copenhagen as well. His demand is that the drilling agenda must stop or he will start killing people. – IMDb

We have chosen this film as number three mostly due to the fact that we hadn’t heard of it just a week ago and we wish we had! Skytten is an excellent film that tackles the current Danish political sphere in terms of environmental conservation. Kim plays Rasmus, and he takes his love and care for the environment to a whole new extreme and it’s done in such a well way that this film needs more attention than it currently has. Seldom do we see environmentally conscious films, and this is exactly why it’s the topic of our upcoming magazine (due for release in May 2015). Go out and see this film if you are looking for a thriller that is unlike what you’ve seen before.


Honorable mention: Rosewater

Based of a true story about a journalist who gets detained and brutally interrogated in prison for 118 days. The journalist Maziar Bahari was blindfolded and interrogated for 4 months in Evin prison in Iran, while the only distinguishable feature about his captor is the distinct smell of rosewater. An interview and sketch that Maziar did with a journalist on The Daily show was used as evidence that Maziar was a spy and in communication with the American government and the CIA. – IMDb

We’ve included this film because it’s doing the cinema circuit right now. It’s an American film so we didn’t want to include it in our main list. However, if you want to go see Kim at the cinemas, now’s your chance. It’s been very well received and will allow you to go and see something completely different.



There’s our list for Kim Bodnia. Hopefully these films will keep you entertained until The Bridge III is released.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.