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15GreatNordicThrillersThatAreWorthYour
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14February2015|Features,FilmLists|byLaiaFreixanet

TheincreasingnumberofScandinavianthrilleranddramanovelspublishedoverrecentyearsandtheamazing
successofthisliterarygenrehasinspiredmanyfilmmakers.Assuch,manyofthefollowingfilmsarebook
adaptations.
Northerncountriesareideallocationstoshootauthenticandchillingsetswithinthethrillergenre.Themain
characteristicthatunderpinsthrillerfilmsisacontinuousemphasisonthesolvingofanenigma.However,despite
thefactthatthefilmsallsharethiskeycharacteristic,thegenreisextensiveandeclectic.Forinstance,thriller
filmscandealwithcrime,selfconsciousnessconflicts,terrorism,psychologicalissues,andsoon,eventhough
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theyregularlyfollowarudimentaryframework.
Thefollowinglistaimstoshowawiderangeoffilmsthatyoumaynothaveseen,astheyarenotnecessarily
internationallyknownexceptTheGirlWiththeDragonTattoo(thankstotheDavidFincherremake).

15.Detour(2009)

SnarveienisaNorwegianfilmdirectedbySeverinEskeland.Lina(MarteChristensen)andMartin(Sondre
KrogtoftLarsen)aredrivingtoSwedentogotoaweddingparty.Suddenly,apolicemanstopsthembecausethe
mainroadisclosedandtheyhavetotakeadetour.Theyarestuckinthewoodswheretheyarebeingcontrolled
byapsychopathicfamilywhohasputcamerasallover,brazenlybringingthemtoabrutalsituation.
Whileitisnotanoverwhelminglyimpressivefilm,ithassomeagonizingmomentsandgoryviolence(forthose
whofeelacertainfondnessforthecreepysideofthegenre).Itistheumpteenthretellingofaconventionalhorror
storystill,thepeaksandlullskeepthespectatorsattention.

14.Hidden(2009)

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KaiKoss(KristofferJoner)inheritshismothershouse,asshehasrecentlypassedaway.Theleadcharacterisa
traumatizedpersonbecauseofhismothersatrociousmistreatmentofhimasachild.Heplanstoburnthehouse
becauseheishavingterriblenightmaresandflashbackstohischildhood,butSara(CecileMosli),apolicewoman
whoknowshim,doesntwanthimto.KristopherJonerisalsoknownforthefilmNextDoor(2005),andinbothhe
plays,indeed,aplausiblerole.
DirectedbyPlie,Hiddenisnotpreciselycreative,consideringthatitfollowsthesameframeworkasmany
otherhorrorfilms.Forthoselookingforsomethingdifferent,thisfilmcoulddisappointyou.

13.EasyMoney(2010)

SnabbaCashisthefirstfilmofatrilogybasedonthethrillernovelbyJensLapidus,anddirectedbyDaniel
Espinosa(aSwedishfilmmakerwithLatinAmericanroots).MixingEnglish,SpanishandSwedish,thisHollywood
lookingactionfilmhas,inonewayoranother,animpersonalstyle.
TheclichriddenproductionisthestoryofJW(JoelKinnaman),ayoungboywholeadsaduallife.While
studyingeconomics,hesellsdrugsinordertofinanciallysupporthislife.Withahazypast,JWisunableto
maintainarelationshipwiththegirlwholoveshim.Thecrossingofthreedifferentcharacterspathsbringsusan
actionpackedfilm.

12.Babycall(2011)

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Anna(NoomiRapace),anoverprotectivesinglemotherwithan8yearoldchild,isunabletoseetheboundary
betweenfictionandreality.Herexhusbandattemptstokilltheirson,Anders(VetleQvenildWerring),which
makesherastrongwilledcharacterwhotriesherbesttoprotecthim.Severalcoincidenttalesconvergeduring
thestory,andtheactionisconcentratedinthelastminutesofthefilm.
Babycall(or,TheMonitor),directedbyPlSletaune,isaNorwegianpsychologicalthrillerinsofarastheviewer
willalsofinditdifficulttodistinguishwhererealitylies.Thefilmbecomesprogressivelyjaggedandchaotic,as
Annasuffersapersonalcrisis.

11.Escape(2012)

Norway,1363:TheBlackDeathhasannihilatedaconsiderablenumberoftheNorwegianpopulation.Afamily
seekingamorefavourablelifeislynchedbyagroupofremorselessslayers.Signe(IsabelChristineAndreasen),
theonlysurvivor,istakenasahostagesinceDagmar(IngridBolsBerdal),theleaderofthegroup,wantstouse
herforpersonalpurposes.Signeneedstofindanallywhowillhelpherrunaway.
Escape,directedbyRoarUthaug,isawelldirectedperiodfilm.Nevertheless,itfocusestoomuchonthegirls
escapeattemptsandlacksanindepthlookattherelationshipbetweentheaccomplices.Theartdirectioniswell
executed,andthelocationsarecleverlychosen.

10.BadFaith(2010)
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BadFaithisaSwedishfilmdirectedbyKristianPetrithatexposesamosaicofawkwardandterribleeventswhich
Mona(SonjaRichter)witnesses.
Whileitmaybetediousorslowmovingforsomeviewers,itis,however,anauthentic,picturesquecreation.Long
takesandtravellingshotscreateanamazing,graphicimpact.OdddialogueswithhispartnerFrank(Jonas
Karlsson)andunnaturalreactionsbytheleadingactressinthefaceofseveralcrimesmakeitabizarre,butstill
tenderheartedwork.

9.Avalon(2011)

Janne(JohannesBrost)isanimmatureandmelancholicpartypromoter.Herunstheopeningofthehottestnew
AvalonnightclubinBstad(Sweden),whichisexpectedtobeabigsuccess.Aninadvertentmurderisthestartof
anightmare.Gettingridofallevidencewillbeaneasytask,asthedeadboyisaLithuanianimmigrantwhois
scornedbytheothercharacterswhothinkonlyaboutmakingmoneywiththeinaugurationoftheclub.The
openingofthenightclubiseventuallythecoverupfortheaccident.
AxelPetersnbringsusasluggishfilmwithanapparentlystraightforwardplotthatyoucancomprehendwithease
byreadingthesynopsis.However,ithasawarpedbackground,asthefilmgoesfurtherthanthemainstorylineby
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JayC 3monthsago

Thisisagreatlist.IalsorecommendTheHunt,aDanishfilmstarringMadsMikkelsen(ofHannibal
andCasinoRoyalefame).
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Porst 20hoursago

'Sauna'fromFinlandisalsoanexcellentdarkthrillerIhighlyrecommend.It'salsoknownas'Evil
Rising'and'Filth'.It'sbeautifullyshotandhasalotofreallycreepysymbolism.

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iagodeotto 2daysago

TheDanishfilm"DeliverUsfromEvil(Friosfradetonde)"shouldalsobeonthislist.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt12...

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