Dennis, a 38-year-old bodybuilder, lives at home with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When he attends the wedding of his uncle,who is happily marrying a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to go to Thailand himself, in search of love. Mads Mattheisen's directorial debut Teddy Bear is about a brutish man whose incredibly lonely and looking for someone who he can share his life with. Dennis is a character whose physical presence is daunting yet emotionally he is incredibly timid and non-confrontational. When he first gets to Thailand a mutual friend introduces him to a beautiful call girl, yet Dennis' inability to go through with this form of pleasure further illustrates the fact that he is seeking more than simply carnal pleasures, he is seeking companionship. Later on he befriends another amateur bodybuilder in Thailand, who invites him to go out that night. While this small scene may seem inconsequential, it perfectly illustrates how Dennis' problem revolves around his interactions with woman. Eventually Dennis does meet a woman who he cares for in Toi, and the tenderness which the two share is told in a very touching way. One cannot write a review of Teddy Bear without mentioning Kim Kold's performance. Kold's ability to capture this kind man's spirit is what truly makes this simply story excel. Teddy Bear is really a coming of age story for a man whose near middle age. Dennis is a man who has been controlled by his mother his entire life and lacks the confidence in himself to stand up for his own decisions. It's really a great example of the "Don't judge a book by its cover" ideal, showing how Dennis must not be fearful, forge his own path and start his own family.
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