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Ole Christian Madsen

2011 || Denmark || 99 mins || Color || in Danish/Spanish/English || Feature


Toronto 2011
Oscars - Official Entry from Denmark


Wine store owner Christian (Anders W. Berthelsen) is on the verge of bankruptcy and he is as unsuccessful in just about every other aspect of life. His wife Anna (Paprika Steen) has left him. She now works as a successful sports agent in Buenos Aires and lives a life of luxury with star football player Juan Diaz. One day, Christian and their 16-year-old son get on a plane for Buenos Aires. Christian arrives under the pretense of wanting to sign the divorce papers with Anna, but in truth, he wants to try to win her back... Filmed in Buenos Aires, the wine, tango and Latin tempers run high! From the acclaimed Danish director of FLAME AND CITRON.


Anders W. Berthelsen
Paprika Steen
Sebastian Estevanez


Part silly romantic comedy, part love letter to Buenos Aires, the pic amuses on a meta-level by celebrating and satirizing its own sense of cliche… cheerfully non-PC fest entertainment for those who appreciate fine wine, fanatical soccer fans, steamy Latin lovers and the tango… An arch voiceover commentary by an unseen narrator, gently mocking the characters and their feelings and advising viewers about their hidden thoughts, supplies the backbone for a playful meta-fiction layer operating throughout. Christian's dialogue, too, plays a part, as he declares just about everything in Argentina, including Anna's relationship with the hot, younger Juan Diaz, to be a cliche. And the main thesps revel in playing cartoonish versions of their normal screen personas: Berthelsen's drunken, schlubby but still lovable loser, Steen's gimlet-eyed, fast-talking ball-breaker and Estevanez's beefcake heartthrob… In another nice touch, Oscar's tourist photos are included in upbeat montages that not only show the city to its best advantage, but also synthesize the various romances, including his own with Veronica.

Known primarily as a director of heavy drama, helmer Madsen proves equally adept at the comedy of marital discord. He draws full-blooded comic performances from his well-cast thesps without letting the story tip over into farce… Golden-hued widescreen lensing by Jorgen Johansson, Madsen's longtime d.p., leads the attractive tech package, while the tango-flavored score adds appropriate texture. More beauty shots of Buenos Aires under the end credits serve as a farewell kiss.

— Alissa Simon, VARIETY

Having scored a blockbuster hit in Denmark with his historical adventure Flame & Citron, Ole Christian Madsen cements his commercial instincts with Superclasico, a likeable mainstream comedy set in Buenos Aires… a quirky sense of humour and unpredictable plot which could act in its favour, while the fish-out-of-water Argentina setting will resonate with any international viewer… Superclasico (named after a local football derby that divides the city) pleasantly abandons romantic comedy convention and nothing happens as you’d expect…


Quite possibly the happiest movie about divorce ever made SUPERCLASICO is a smart, frequently laugh out loud comedy meant for those who have been around the block once or twice. Berthelsen brings fabulous depth to his performance as Christian as well as great comic timing, Madsen is as sure behind the camera as ever... Sharp, funny and entertaining from start to finish. While the decision to make a crowd-pleaser out of a story of marital collapse is a surprising one Madsen has succeeded admirably... SUPERCLASICO is unquestionably Anders Berthelsen's picture from start to finish. Christian's is a classic fish out of water story, the sad sack leading man being forced to go way, way out of his comfort zone as he journeys to Buenos Aries... And off we go on a trip where nothing at all is what Christian expected it would be, least of all himself, and it is only as he begins to understand this that he begins to find any peace...