“Another high point is Mads Matthiesen’s… Danish charmer TEDDY BEAR… The delicacy of Dennis’s emotions make a startling contrast with his astonishing, mountainous body.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“TEDDY BEAR is an original…(a) deeply affecting little film about the oddest of couples, which somehow manages to determinedly sneak its way into your heart.”
– David Noh, Film Journal International
"A pleasurable character study [TEDDY BEAR] has a restrained charm and an emotional payoff."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“Critics’ Pick! Danish bodybuilder Kim Kold gives the performance of the year as a gentle giant looking for love in Thailand. Forget the muscles; he brings the heart and soul.”
– David Fear, Time Out New York
WINNER, Director's Award, 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Six-foot-seven, tattooed 38-year-old Dennis is a Danish bodybuilder: 308 pounds of raw muscle that’s made him a world-famous super-heavyweight champion. Yet he still lives at home with a domineering mother, and is so painfully shy that he can’t carry on a conversation with a woman, let alone develop a relationship. Following the lead of other men who trawl for brides in Thailand, Dennis (played by real-life Danish muscleman Kim Kold) travels to Pattaya, a hub of the sex tourism trade. Turned off by the scene, he frequents a local gym where he meets the owner, a young widow, with whom he becomes close. But how will he introduce her to his maniacally possessive mom?
This charming debut feature by Mads Matthiesen, a late-adult coming-of-age tale, won the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Denmark * 2012 * 93 mins. * Drama * Not-Rated (some sexual situations) * IN DANISH, ENGLISH & THAI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES