Bakerman, A Portrayal Of Mental Illness
Bakerman Film Details
Director David Noel Bourke
Writer David Noel Bourke
Release date: June 8th, 2018
Release format: Film Festivals
MPAA Rating: TBC
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Running time: 83 min
Social media: Facebook
Never corner a baker..
Jens (Mikkel Vadsholt) has accepted far too much for too long. Being the shy night-owl he is, he keeps to himself but the world will not let him be. The new master baker’s quality starts slackening, and when a bunch of yobs one day smash the window of Jens’s car, he takes one of them out. Intoxicated by his own new unexpressed vigour, Jens comes out of his shell, but the destructive driving force leads him towards a free fall.
Bourke’s film is sometimes as shocking with its vigilante story as it is captivating with its determination. Headed by the always solid Mikkel Vadsholt who manages to arouse our empathy in a role of a reserved man who has difficulty coping with the light of day
When it comes to David Noel Bourkes’ Bakerman I really don’t know where to begin. After watching the hour and a half long movie it has left my mind increasingly boggled and deflated. The film which is a journey into the mind of a lonely, middle-aged baker, the experience leaving me feeling very depressed and bloody confused. It was a mediocre watch with very little plot and the plot that it did have, I found hard to follow.
The film was not altogether flawed though. Even though the plot was weak the main protagonist, Jens, played by Mikkel Vadsholt held the fort strong with his ability to make the viewer empathize with his character.
Bakerman is very much a film that has to be seen through the eyes of the protagonist, experiencing what he experiences and feeling what he is feeling to find its full potential. To this, I credit the director as I indeed felt the pain, loneliness, and torment that Jens was suffering on a day to day basis. Depression also reared its ugly head in Bakerman, a good portrayal of mental illness that is constantly overlooked.
If you’re a fan of slow burn then Bakerman definitely is for you. Unfortunately for me, it failed to grasp my attention span and I often found myself zoning out which is never a good sign. Overall I enjoyed the idea of the film and the performances were tolerable.
Would I recommend this film to anyone I know? Maybe. But what isn’t to my taste may be to yours so always check it out for yourselves!