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Just a Right Amount of Violence

 For many families in the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles, an idyllic, peaceful middle-class existence is just a facade. What lies beneath is the unseen domestic turmoil: teens addicted to drugs, breaking the law and engaging in violent outbursts — and parents at their wits end. Interventionists 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 director's signature dramatized vérité style, Just the Right Amount of Violence combines elements of documentary and fictional interpretations to create an indelible and emotionally gripping portrait of families in crisis.

Jon Bang Carlsen
Best known for his radical approach to the staging of documentaries, Jon Bang Carlsen has played a prominent role on the Danish film scene since about 1980, and remains one of Denmark's most innovative documentarists, with a number of feature films behind him as well. The director’s 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.
Selected Filmography
In the Name of Love / I kærlighedens navn (2012)
Blind Angels / Blinde engle (2007)
Portrait of God / Portræt af gud (2002)
Life Will Be Lived: Letters from a Mother / Livet vil leves... breve fra en mor (1993)
Next Stop Paradise / Næste stop paradis (1980)


Scriptauthor and director: Jon Bang Carlsen
Cinematography: Jon Bang Carlsen, Jacek Laskus, Mike Alba
Music: Nathan Larsson
Sound: Jess Wolfsberg
Editing: Morten Giese, Hilda Rasula, Rikke Selin
Producer: Helle Ulsteen
Production: Kamoli Films
Denmark, 2013, 83 min.