The Guilty (M)
When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects
a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, con-fined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren’s strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm’s tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mindspace.
“A must-see ... An hour and 25 minutes of lean, gripping cinematic heaven ... razor-tight, superbly plotted, intricate and surprising.” C J Johnson (ABC Radio, Australia)
“This riveting Danish thriller puts you on hold then puts you in a hold ... It won’t be letting you go until its nerve-shredding 80 minutes are up.” 4 stars Leigh Paatsch (Courier-Mail)
“A tricky multi-layered affair that unfolds in real time ... Keeps the tension on-the-boil throughout ... Excels as a compelling and tense evening in the cinema.” 4 stars, David Stratton (The Australian)
“Nail-biting Danish thriller ... The film’s resolution feels solid and well-earned.” 4 stars, Vicky Roach (Brisbane News).
Special Notes: M Mature themes and coarse language
Run Time: 95
Director: Gustav Möller
Cast: Jakob edergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi