Norway / Canada 2015
Kristine Knudsen, Paul Barkin, Mark Gingras (executive), Lisa Black (executive) for Den Siste Skilling, Alcina Pictures, Vigilante Productions
directed by Kjersti Steinsbø
starring Siren Jørgensen, Frode Winther, Maria Bock, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Trond Espen Seim, Helene Bergsholm, Kine Bortheim Jentoft, Rakel Hamre, Bjørn Terje Berdal, Frida Stubhaug Gamlestøl, Jeanette Olmheim, Stina Lunde
screenplay by Kjersti Steinsbø, based on the novel Dukken i Taket by Ingvar Ambjørnsen, music by Michael White
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Somewhere in the Norwegian fjords: Morten (Frode Winther) and his wife
Nina (Maria Bock) are about to close up their hotel for off-season when
Andrea (Siren Jørgensen) shows up
on their doorstep, claiming to be a journalist from a well-known travel
journal who wants to do a feature on their hotel. Morten and Nina are both
a little surprised about this unannounced visitor, but are of course happy
about the publicity this might bring, and since they don't have much to do
during this time of year, a visitor who might help them look after their
baby is actually a good thing. Plus, Andrea proves to be very easy-going
and likeable ...
Thing is, things are not as
harmless as they seem, as Andrea has an ulterior motive to pay Morten a
visit as they've got some unfinished business from the past, and while he
doesn't seem to recognize her, she knows all his weaknesses and plays the
people closest to him against him, often without them knowing. But while
Nina's motives might be noble - at least sort of -, she frequently goes
too far and doesn't seem to mind the people she might hurt as colateral
damage, just to get her revenge ...
A very strong Scandinavian revenge thriller that follows the
"revenge is best served cold"-route and thus doesn't present
things head on but lets them develop pretty much through the entirety of
the movie, relying on tension and suspense, which are expertly handled,
rather than spectacle, even using quiet scenes to fire things up. And add
to that a very strong cast and of course the wonderful Norvegian
landscapes, and you've got a pretty powerful film!