Alcohol: the great social liberator and the great destroyer, or as Homer Simpson famously put it “the cause of, and solution to all of life’s problems”. ANOTHER ROUND follows a group of middle-class friends and teachers in Denmark who experiment with the concept of having a little alcohol in your bloodstream during the day improving their performance, passion and dynamism. Inevitably, they take things too far. Director Thomas Vinterberg deftly guides his film through a tonal labyrinth and has made something that manages to be hard-hitting and hilarious, reflective and raucous, a terrific time and a terrifying one, a lot like many people’s relationship with drinking really. The core cast are all wonderful but the MVPs are undoubtedly Mads Mikkelsen’s listless history teacher Martin and regular Vinterberg collaborator Thomas Bo Larsen as over-compensating PE teacher Tommy – between them they are given the most memorable and hard-hitting moments including a joyous finale that fully utilises Mikkelsen’s former life as a dancer. SSP
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