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  • Actors: Ulrich Thomsen, Paprika Steen, Lars Brygmann, Bjarne Henriksen, Henrik Prip
  • Directors: Kristian Levring
  • Producers: Fear Me Not ( Den du frygter ), Fear Me Not, Den du frygter
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 95.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XCMKB0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,918 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Denmark released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Danish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Danish ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Michael needs a change in his life. When he is told about a clinical trial for a new antidepressant, he signs up on a whim. It soon becomes apparent that the pills have serious side effects, and the tests are abandoned. But Michael refuses to give up his newly found sense of calm and self-control, and he decides to continue the experiment on his own. Intoxicated by his immediate success, Michael feels an urge to take control of other people's lives as well. Slowly, his minor psychological games grow more drastic, until he makes a discovery which forces him to view his actions in a new terrifying light. ...Fear Me Not ( Den du frygter )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 April 2013
Format: DVD
Mikael (Ulrich Thomsen: Festen, Adam's Apples, Flickering Lights, Brothers and many more) has taken leave from a hectic work life to be a stay-at-home dad. When his wife's (Paprika Steen: Okay, Applause, Festen, SuperClasico...) brother (played by Lars Brygmann: Borgen, Unit One, With your permission, Inheritance...) mentions that they are testing a new anti depressant at work, Mikael volunteers to become a test person.

When the testing is abandoned due to serious side effects, Mikael refuses to stop as he has discovered new strengths and happiness, so he continues to take the pills. Soon he experiences repressed feelings which return with unexpected and dangerous consequences.

As he says at some point: "when you've always tried to stay on the track, it is nice to leave it"
It's well acted and it's an interesting story, but it's also rather unsettling and I didn't feel any real connection with any of the characters. 3.5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 30 Sept. 2013
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Lots of recognisable actors from Festen , Borgen , Prag etc . A depressed man secretly takes part in a clinical trial . When this drug is withdrawn he continues to take the drug , even though it is having serious effects on him . Or is it ? another craftly clever story . Lovely for these cold winter nights .
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By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2013
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The 90 minutes or so watching this Danish thriller from 2008 flew by.
Fine acting from Borgen: Series 1 & 2 [DVD] cast members Lars Brygmann, Bjarne Henriksen and Stine Stengade, along with Søren Malling (on the phone only) made this a wonderful watch. Particularly outstanding was Paprika Steen as Sigrid, the wife of Ulrich Thomsen's troubled Mikael.
Being a guinea pig for a medical experiment sends Mikael off on an ordeal, one which shocks his wife and strangers.
Again, another quality Danish film that will be getting a re-watch later in the year!
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By M. Bingley on 23 Jun. 2014
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I'm not sure if I enjoyed this or not, as it was rather miserable but it was also very well acted. The premise was a strange one, and it's certainly not a mainstream film, but worth watching if you enjoy good, understated acting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In search of bliss or lack of an existential center ? 9 Nov. 2010
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
Format: DVD
Kristine Levring made a profound and visceral incision around the troubled soul and distorted mind of Mikael Anton, a healthy man happily married who, in his middle forties suffers an unexpected twist of fate when he decides himself to take part of an experiment, becoming a true Guinea's pig taking some pills that work out as anti depressive.

Slow but progressively he will get into a spiral of existential detachment, social isolation and visible reject respect his wife and daughter. At the end the truth will be revealed, but the journey has begun and there will be no return.

A fabulous film well written and superbly portrayed and filmed.
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A Disturbing Descent Into Darkness--The Insanity And Freedom Of Unleashing The Id 20 April 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
The Danish oddity "Fear Me Not" may be one of the strangest and most quietly disturbing films that I have seen in quite some time. And if I find a film unsettling or unnerving, that's usually a compliment--as far too many movies have an overly processed feel that lacks real danger and spontaneity. With a decidedly Jekyll and Hyde vibe, the film charts the descent of a seemingly rational family man into the darkest corners of his psyche. While not pleasant, it is a challenging and compelling psychological thriller that raises as many questions as it answers. And even if the film frustrates you a bit (and it surely might), there is no denying its visceral appeal as an experiment in post-modern horror.

The great Ulrich Thomsen (star of two of my favorites--Brothers and The Celebration) adds the appropriate combination of charm and menace to the lead role. Taking some time off from work, Thomsen decides to participate in a clinical trial testing experimental anti-depressants. The drugs seem to be revealing some darker inclinations, but this absolute freedom is something he initially embraces. When the study is canceled due to unforeseen complications, he continues to medicate anyway. But are the drugs the cause of his increasingly erratic behavior or is it something more deeply rooted that he finally feels allowed to express? As he descends further into a psychological abyss, those closest to him will not remain unscathed.

The film subtly shifts tone until it is relentlessly unpleasant. The torturous games he starts to play with his loved ones provide a real feeling that anything might happen. It's bold, daring, and uncomfortable--and never less than riveting. "Fear Me Not," ultimately, defies you to look away and disconnect--but I, for one, was absolutely mesmerized. In the end, the film does let you off the hook and the ending is not completely satisfactory. With the feeling of "where can we go from here?"--the film doesn't even approximate an answer but lets the viewers conjure up their own theories. A great edgy entertainment that I will recommend to more adventurous film lovers despite its open-endedness--try it for something different and disturbing! KGHarris, 4/11.
It's all in your mind... 10 Aug. 2014
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Format: DVD
Den du Frygter (Fear Me Not) (Kristian Levring, 2008)

It would be possible to write an entirely accurate review of Fear Me Not in exactly eleven words. “Ulrich Thomsen. Paprika Steen. What more do you need to know?” Amazon, however, required reviewers to write at least twenty, so I might as well go whole hog and tell you more, for those of you (there may be a few out there) for whom Thomsen (Adam's Apples) and Steen (Applause) are not automatic selling points.

The two of them play a married couple, Mikael and Sigrid. Mikael has taken a leave of absence from work for an undisclosed reason; we can reasonably assume it has to do with his anxiety and depression, which he attempts to hide from Sigrid and their daughter Selma (Magi I Luften's Emma Sehested Hoeg) as much as possible. (He doesn't do a very good job of it, but the two of them are willfully blind to his condition, Sigrid more so.) One of the few routines he is still clinging to is rowing a few mornings a week with his friend and brother-in-law Frederik (Terribly Happy's Lars Brygman), a doctor whose hospital is about to start a trial of a new anti-anxiety medication. Mikael asks if he can get in on it; Frederik reluctantly agrees. At first, everything seems to be going swimmingly; Mikael becomes cheerful, connects with his family, starts talking about going back to work. But then, the changes start taking a darker turn.

A few months before I watched Fear Me Not, I watched Side Effects, the latest (as of this writing) film from Steven Soderbergh, which covers, at least in its first third, a very similar scenario. I was not terribly fond of Side Effects, though I did like that first bit some. Fear Me Not has shown me why I was dissatisfied with a good deal of it. Soderbergh used this idea, of a drug trial gone hideously wrong, as the springboard to something else, and he put very little thought into that part of the film as a result; Rooney Mara's character went bonkers, and that set the scene for his real movie. Here, on the other hand, it is the real movie; this is what the press for Side Effects wanted you to believe it was, and Levring (The Intended) manages, with very little effort, to create a sense of palpable menace. Excellently-drawn characters working their way through a cracking script with a very mean heart. I say again: what more do you need to know? *** ½
Excellent thriller/family drama from Denmark 13 Mar. 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: DVD
I was recently browsing the foreign movie section of my local library and fell upon this. Having read the DVD jacket, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did.

"Fear Me Not" (2008 release from Denmark; 94 min,; original Danish title "Den Du Frygter", which roughly translates as "The Deepest Fears") brings the story of Mikael, a middle aged married man living with his wife and their teenage daughter. As the movie opens, we learn that Mikael has taken a leave of absence from his job, ostensibly to "find himself". When Mikael's brother-in-law, who works at Big Pharma, tells Mikael that he is about to start a trial study to test for possible side effects of a new anti-depressant, Mikael decides to volunteer for the study, without telling hiw wife and daughter. Soon Mikael feels better, although at one point he gets involved in a scuffle at the hospital and seemingly out of the blue he punches the lights out of one of the people involved in the scuffle. At this point we are about 30 min. into the movie. Will Mikael be able to control the side effects? Is there more than meets the eye? What role does the teenage daughter play in the movie? To tell you more of this plot-heavy thriller would round your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: kudos first of all to writer-director Kristian Levring, who manages to bring a fully engaging and captivating thriller on a limited budget, confirming once again you don't need $100 million to make a good movie. Also noteworthy is the performance by Ulrich Thomsen as the initially apparent very normal Mikael who then descends into a hell (caused by the side effects of the drug? watch!). This movie made me think of the very recent (and also excellent) movie by Steven Soderbergh call, yup, "Side Effects", basically on the same theme (albeit in a very different story line). Bottom line: if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie, you cannot go wrong with this. "Fear Me Not" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Psycho dad and husband 20 April 2011
By Amit Talpade - Published on
Format: DVD
Dreary atmosphere and a dark theme are at the core of this film. Almost all of the Danish movies I have seen are dark and tension is lurking around the corner. I guess the weather in that country inspires this sort of movie making. This is about a bored middle aged man who decides to take a leave of absence to do nothing. Then he volunteers to be a guinea pig in an experiment for mood elevating drugs. Nothing happens at first but then trouble erupts at the beginning subtly then consuming all his loved ones.
I thought this was a great movie there were many scenes where I thought the tension could go a step further but it never did, a slow boil of a movie. Actors are pretty great and writing has a underlying message in it. A lot of people could identify with the identity and middle life crisis that the principal characters feels, getting rid of your obligations and family responsibilities to pursue freedom, which proves to be always elusive. Three stars. 4/18/2011
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