100-Word TIFF: “Funny Man”

Examining the life of a comedian is never a recipe for laughter, and this biography of Danish comic Dirch Passer doesn’t disappoint. Passer’s gift for comedy is introduced alongside his partner Kjeld, but it’s when he tries to stretch his talents that the film shines. Gut-wrenching scenes such as where the audience laugh through his attempt at drama in Of Mice And Men are a touching analysis of the trappings of success, and lead Nikolaj Lie Kass triumphs, but the film is too often bogged down in the specifics of Passer’s life. Moments of brilliance, but too meandering. Typical biography.

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About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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