Controversial Dox

just the right amount of violence

Jon Bang Carlsen
Screening time  
26.02. / Wednesday, 23:00 - 01:00 Theatre 3  
27.02. / Thursday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
The set is the classical Doll House in middle-class Surburbia. A story about family business. About love and despair. Nothing more – nothing less.

For many families in the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles, their peaceful middle-class existence is just a facade. What lies beneath is sheer domestic turmoil: Teens addicted to drugs, breaking the law and engaging in violent outbursts, and parents at their wits' end. Interventionists, like Evan "Bullet" James and Dana "Hodges" Goller, specialize in entering these suburban homes in the night and ripping troubled teens from their beds to transport them, against their will, to a reform school in Utah. Crafted in the director's signature hybrid style, the film is about the complicated relationships between parents and children and how the wounds we incur within our families can seem the hardest to heal.


Jon Bang Carlsen

Jon Bang Carlsen was born in 1950 and he graduated from The Danish Film School in 1976. From 1971 to 1978, he has worked with the theatre group Solvognen. He has written and directed more than thirty films. His signature hybrid style combines documentary and fictional interpretations, and many of his documentaries are visually and symbolically powerful, often staged portraits of marginal figures and milieus. Some of his most important films are Jenny, A Rich Man, Hotel of the Stars, Phoenix Bird, Before the Guests Arrive, and Just the Right Amount of Violence. He won the My Generation Award at ZagrebDox 2017 with his film Déjà Vu. He has also published poetry, essays and novels.

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Just the Right Amount of Violence

Denmark, Sweden
2013, 83', video

Directed by:
Jon Bang Carlsen

Screenplay by:
Jon Bang Carlsen

Jon Bang Carlsen

Edited by:
Morten Giese, Hilda Rasula, Rikke Selin

Nathan Larsson

Helle Ulsteen

Produced by:
Kamoli Films

Festivals & Awards:

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam – IDFA 2013; DOK Leipzig 2013