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Looking at Ghostly Subplots with The Monitor: A Movie Review

5 August 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*here be spoilers. Director/writer: Pål Sletaune. Cast: Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, Vetle Qvenild Werring, and Stig R. Amdam. The Monitor is a Norwegian film that released in the United States July 25th on DVD. In the United Kingdom, this film is called the gentler Babycall. The film itself is a strange tale of a woman recovering from family tragedy. This sums up the central plot. However, there is a strong sub-plot that acts much like a ghost story. Both tales come together through themes of abuse with the film's ending adding some initial confusion. The story centrally follows Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) as Anna. On the surface, she appears as a single mom protecting her son from an abusive father. She uses a baby monitor to eavesdrop on him. There is something more here, though. Without giving too much away, Anna is suffering from loneliness and something else. She reaches »

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Contest: The Monitor / Babycall (2011) DVD: Noomi Rapace, Pål Sletaune

24 July 2012 12:00 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

 

The Monitor / Babycall Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The Monitor / Babycall DVD contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates The Monitor / Babycall‘s release on DVD on July 24, 2012. Pål Sletaune‘s The Monitor / Babycall stars Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, and Henrik Rafaelsen. Babycall‘ plot synopsis: ”Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They [...]

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Norwegian horror thriller Babycall: DVD review

13 June 2012 1:54 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Director: Pal Sletaune. Review: Adam Wing. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes) is certainly getting around a bit these days, and despite a move to all things Hollywood, it was her captivating breakout in the ‘Millennium Series’ trilogy that people will remember her for. Two years after she made a permanent impression as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Rapace took on the role of Anna, in Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian thriller, Babycall. Anna is a single mother given state protection following an abusive relationship. Terrified her ex will come back to find her and their son, Anders, she buys a baby monitor to keep track of him. In a scenario straight out of the latest Scandinavian horror movie, the monitor starts to pick up distressed noises from a child in another apartment and an innocent drawing by her son appears on the fridge stained with blood. »

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Norwegian horror thriller Babycall on UK DVD

19 April 2012 9:52 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

If you’re a UK fan of tense, creepy horror thrillers, then pencil this in to ya viewing list right now. Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian scare flick Babycall - starring Noomi Rapace of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ fame - is set for release on UK DVD...June 4th. Synopsis: Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building … Does this new friend know anything about the murder? And why is Anders’ drawing stained with blood? »

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This week's new films

30 March 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (U)

(Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt, 2012, UK/Us) Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton. 88 mins

Aardman sets sail on seas of clay, in what feels more like an animated Blackadder than Pirates Of The Caribbean. Grant's inept rogue is good company, falling foul (or rather fowl) of Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin in a nonsensical, if inconsequential, romp that's lifted, as usual, by Aardman's eccentric details and fine craftsmanship.

Into The Abyss (12A)

(Werner Herzog, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) 107 mins

Herzog studies a Texas homicide from all angles, building less a polemic against the death penalty than a humane survey of death and loss.

This Is Not A Film (U)

(Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi, 2010, Ira) 75 mins

Panahi boldly defies his own house arrest by "not making" a film within his apartment, the confinement provoking a profound questioning of cinema itself.

Wrath Of The Titans (12A)

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Babycall – review

29 March 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Noomi Rapace is wasted in this muddled thriller which can't deliver on its what's-that-on-the-baby-alarm? premise

An intriguing premise, and a potent performance from the original "girl with the dragon tattoo" are squandered in this disappointing, incoherent thriller from Norwegian director Pål Sletaune. Noomi Rapace is Anna, relocated by social services to an anonymous flat with her son to escape a violent husband. Nervy, traumatised Anna insists on buying an infants' listening device so that she can listen to her son sleeping in the next room. But then the Babycall starts picking up disturbing screams from another flat in the block. It's a great idea for a thriller – but then other plotlines get muddled in, and everything unravels into a cop-out. However Rapace, breathing shallowly and turning deathly pale, gives a brilliant impression of fear.

Rating: 2/5

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Film Review: 'Babycall'

28 March 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Pål Sletaune's Norwegian horror/thriller Babycall (2011) may be one of the less-known of this week's new releases, yet features the superb star of the original The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo film series and Ridley Scott's eagerly-awaited Prometheus (2012) Noomi Rapace. It's also a gripping story in it's own right, and you'll certainly be rewarded for tracking it down.

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Babycall Review: Noomi Rapace Gets Whitenoise Rather Than Screams

17 March 2012 12:56 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Anna (Noomi Rapace) and her son Anders (Vetle Qvenild Werring) are on the lamb from Anna’s abusive and meddlesome husband. Following a sketchy and clearly horrifying attack, both Anna and Anders are relocated to a remote housing estate in Norway. Clearly affected by what has happened, Anna struggles to adjust, and is encouraged to integrate herself and her son into a normal life by child services. Anna soon finds solace in the use of a baby monitor – facilitating a distance between mother and son during bedtime hours. However, this newfound comfort is short lived, as Anna finds that the baby monitor is picking up more than just the sounds of her son sleeping – someone or something is crying for help.

There is a small cluster of countries in the Northern reaches of the EU, which are fast becoming a cinematic ‘dark horse’. Not to sound ignorant or naïve, »

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Listen Up for this New Trailer for Babycall

9 March 2012 3:11 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

And Noomi Rapace thought she had problems in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo foreign franchise! As you're about to see, in Babycall there are far more nefarious things at work than an albino-like guy who can't feel pain!

Pål Sletaune's Babycall stars The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, and Vetle Qvenild Werring.

Babycall follows Anna (Rapace) and her eight-year-old son, Anders, who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building… Does this »

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Noomi Rapace Gets Terrorized In New 'Babycall' Trailer

9 March 2012 11:16 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

I'm obviously not a mother, but I can only imagine how freaky this trailer would be to one. Already released internationally, and opening in the Us on March 30th, is Babycall, a new horror flick starring Prometheus and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace. Also starring Joner and Vetle Qvenild Werring, the Pål Sletaune-directed pic "follows Anna and her eight year old son Anders who are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. »

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Gff 2012: Babycall Review

22 February 2012 6:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Anna (Noomi Rapace) and her eight year old son, Anders (Velte Qvenild Werring), are moved to a modest apartment block on the outskirts of Oslo as part of the witness protection program. Scared to death by the violent past she’s escaped, Anna takes no risks with Anders, protecting him from all elements, even the draft.

As she starts to warm to her surroundings, she purchases a baby monitor from a friendly salesman, Helge (Kristoffer Joner), as a way of allowing Anders some breathing space while obeying Child Services’ strict rules. However, when she starts to hear disturbing noises through the monitor that aren’t coming from Anders, her paranoia resurfaces and it soon becomes apparent that all it not as clear-cut as it may seem.

While it would be easy for Babycall to slip into a normal pattern of predictable scares and cheap thrills, writer and director Pål Sletaune »

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UK set for a horrifying Babycall this February

5 January 2012 11:20 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

If you’re a UK fan of tense, creepy horror thrillers, then pencil this little gem onto your must see list. Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian scare flick Babycall - starring Noomi Rapace of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ fame - is set for release there this coming Feb. No sign of an English subbed trailer yet, but even without subs, the original trail has plenty going for making this a must see. Synopsis: Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming »

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UK set for a horrifying Babycall this February

5 January 2012 11:20 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

If you’re a UK fan of tense, creepy horror thrillers, then pencil this little gem onto your must see list. Pål Sletaune’s Norwegian scare flick Babycall - starring Noomi Rapace of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ fame - is set for release there this coming Feb. No sign of an English subbed trailer yet, but even without subs, the original trail has plenty going for making this a must see. Synopsis: Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders’ father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noises from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders’ mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming »

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