Fear Me Not

Synopsis: 42-year-old Michael needs a change in his life, so when he hears about clinical trials for a new anti-depressant, he signs up to be a guinea pig - without telling his family. Because of dangerous side effects, the trial is subsequently abandoned but Michael continues to take the pills. Having lost all control, Michael's repressed instincts resurface with a force and violence that no-one could have predicted.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Kristian Levring
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I've been on leave

for six weeks now.

It was time for a break from

the frantic pace I was stuck in.

For years

I've wanted some time to myself.

But the transition from hard work

to relative freedom is not easy.

The changes I 'd hoped for

haven't appeared.

So now I'll write down my thoughts

more systematically.

I find it hard to stay focused.

Unexpected details

make me uneasy.

I need to look

for inspiration and change.

And embrace every opportunity

to move on.


Sorry, I couldn't get away.

- That's okay.

Have I got time to change?

- You don't need to. You look great.

How on earth do you do this?

Darling, would you smoke

under the extractor?

You just have to start

from down here.

What is she like?

His wife?

I don't know.

I've never actually met her.

Is someone coming for dinner?

Jorgensen from your Dad's work

and his wife.

Can I go round to Tobias'?

- If you're home by 10.

Can we make it 11?

- No.

Well, if it's okay with dad.

But remember to call him,

so he can pick you up.

See you later.

- See you.

Bye, bye, darling.

- Bye.

This wine is great.

- I think so, too. Very good.

So you're moving

the kitchen upstairs?


Actually, we're putting a new one in.

We might as well do the lot

while we're re-decorating.

Sigrid's an architect.

- I know.

We always sit in the kitchen, so we

might as well enjoy the view up there.

Of course.

Did your father never think of that?

He liked it the way it was. We're

mostly rebuilding to make it our own.

And for Mikael.

By the way, I read a report on

genetically engineered potatoes.

It's a report from Scotland,

and they're doing this study.

They take genes from artichokes

and implant them in potatoes.

Are you okay?

- Fine.

Are you happy not working?

I think so.

- Be careful, though.

A consultant at work took six

months' leave. He never came back.

I've got plenty to do.

Which reminds me. You might have

to row on your own for a few weeks.


We're starting trials on

a new anti-depressant on Monday -

- so I'll be up to my neck.

How many take part

in a trial Like that?

Twenty to begin with.

The trick is to get normal subjects.

People with a disease

will try anything.

I'd like to try.

Oh no, you wouldn't.

- Why not?


Why would you?

It's a hassle. There's scanning

every two weeks, blood pressure -

- more scanning and... It's mostly

students who need the money.

Moreover, I don't think Sigrid

would Like you being a guinea pig.

She doesn't have

to know everything.

It's about time

I had a little secret from her.

Are you enjoying yourself?

- Oh, yes.

We'll change that.

Come with me.

I'll take you for your blood tests.

Come in for a check-up in two weeks.

I can't guarantee I'll get you to

the front of the queue every time.

My brother-in-law, Mikael Neumann.

He's part of the Limetech trial.

Is Limetech a Danish company?

- Swedish. We often test their drugs.

This is a new product called Nyasin

that we're testing for side effects.

I didn't think there were any.

- No...

But you have to be wary of migraine,

hypertension, and so on.

Here you go...

You need to take one of these

every morning for six months.

And you'll have to come back

for a check-up every two weeks.


- Hi... You're down here?

Yes, I had a hectic day

and needed a minute.

How about you?

Where have you been?

I had to stop by the Ministry

for a couple of hours.

Okay. Are you thinking about going

back to work? That's a good idea.

Not at all. I just had to pick up

some papers and stuff.

Aren't you bored?


Well, I'm letting out

all the heat.

Come and give me a hug.

Oh no, you're getting all sweaty now.

I'm sorry.

That's alright.

Day 1.

I weigh 76 kilos,

and I'm 179 centimeters.

Quite normal.

I could be in better shape -

- but my physical condition

isn't so bad that it worries me.

However, I've had trouble sleeping

for the last couple of years.

I used to blame my long

working days, but I can't anymore.

I feel restless,

and it's hard to handle.

I don't know where it comes from.

It's like I need

to reshuffle the cards.


- Hey, a big fat rat!

It ran into the garage.

And it wasn't just a mouse?

- It ran across here, into the garage.

How the hell did it get in here?

This is really gross, Dad.

Those damn plumbers.

Mum doesn't know anything, right?

- No way!

There, now...

That should put a stop to them.

But they're still down there.

- We'll have to fix that.

Fix what...? Good morning.

- Good morning.

What are you going to fix?

- Just the garage. It's messy.


You're going to tidy the garage?

Dad is.

- That's great!


- Hi! What are you doing here?

I've come to see Frederik.

- Nothing wrong I hope.

No, I'm in that

anti-depressant trial of his.


You're not depressed, I hope?

No... But we can always

get better, you know.

What's it Like to be studying again?

- Great.

There's just so much to remember...

I feel Like a relic at times.

Wll the students leave you alone?

- Not really.

Don't make me jealous.

Why don't we all go to the cinema?

- Okay. Why not?

Just not one of

Sigrid's arty films.

I don't know if I can promise you that.

Hi, darling.

It was in the bedroom.

Thanks, darling.

That's sweet of you.

Get up!

You're in my seat.

It's two weeks now since

I started taking the pills.

The second check-up went well.

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Anders Thomas Jensen

Anders Thomas Jensen (born 6 April 1972) is a Danish screenwriter and film director. His film Election Night won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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