This is a film I find to be disturbing--but in a good way, inasmuch as I am forced to re-watch this film in order to tease out its subtleties. The film features the disturbing Neo-Nazi element, but in a partially and perverse sympathetic light. It features film characters, as New-Nazis, who are concerned about the influx of Islamic immigrants into their country (Denmark), and who worry about the shifts in the cultural norms. The leader of this group of young men advocates non-violent and 'intellectual' protests against these immigrants, and of the watering-down of Danish society. This so-called intelligent approach is the attraction the Leader has for Lars, the main character. Lars is booted out of the Danish army because of a spectral complaint against him by one of his men, who claimed he was 'touched inappropriately'. This puts Lars, a very handsome and reflective young man, adrift and makes him a ripe target for the Leader of the Group, who wants Lars' intelligent mind and articulation skills for the work of saving Denmark for the Danes. Lars is paired up with Jimmy, another group member, and Jimmy is charged with training Lars for the initiation. This Jimmy does reluctantly, since it means that Jimmy's little brother will likely be displaced for Lars. Lars and Jimmy are attracted to one another, but take a while to act on this, as they are both closetted. However, in living together and working together, they do become intimate, and this is observed by Jimmy's disillusioned brother, who reports the homosexual conduct to the group leader. And this is the time when the group leader does advocate, and enact, violence upon Jimmy and Lars, in beating them out the group.
This film has to be watched closely and carefully, for it is full of subtleties. The dim lighting of the film foreshadows this. This film is subtle because of all the paradoxes which do not get reconciled--e.g. the New Nazi group leadership wants to dissociate themselves from the traditional violence that has plagued other such groups, and instead wishes to appeal to logic in order to change society; yet violence is the result when the group leaders believe they are threatened from within. The group leadership advocates freedom of choice for its candidates to group membership; yet pressure is increasingly put upon Lars to accept a membership about which he is increasingly doubtful. The group wants respectability and so polices the conduct of its members and discourages, among other practices, drug use; yet some of the members lure homosexuals into beat-down traps.
This film does well in showing many of the complexities and inconsistencies to be found in most of us--regardless of the label and classification we append to ourselves. As such, this film, though dark, has many redeeming qualities in the light.