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Speak Up! It's So Dark... -- This provocative, penetrating drama revolves around Jacob, a Jewish pyschiatrist, and Soren, a Nazi skinhead, who meet accidently.  Soren has just been beaten up while taking part in a neo-Nazi demonstration.


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This provocative, penetrating drama revolves around Jacob, a Jewish pyschiatrist, and Soren, a Nazi skinhead, who meet accidently. Soren has just been beaten up while taking part in a neo-Nazi demonstration. | Add synopsis »
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Etienne Glaser ... Jacob
Simon Norrthon ... Sören the skinhead
Anna-Yrsa Falenius ... Raped Woman
Anders Garpe ... Sören's Father
Gertrud Gidlund ... Sören's Mother
Pia Johansson ... Nurse
Eva K. Johansson
Staffan Kihlbom ... Skinhead
Elin Klinga ... Girl at Consert
Ana Laguna ... Jacob's Mother
Gunilla Lilja ... Nurse
Magnus Lundblad ... Skinhead

Charles Maquignon ... Skinhead
Jesper Nikoladjeff ... Skinhead
Jan Ole Nordgård ... Skinhead
Hampus Ogus Näktergal ... Young Jacob
Jörgen Pettersson ... Policeman
Mikael Pettersson ... Policeman
Moktar Resaissi ... Refugee

Richard Sseruwagi ... Refugee
Helge Ström ... Doctor
Tobias Theorell ... Skinhead
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lars Hansson ... Train Passenger

Directed by
Suzanne Osten 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Niklas Rådström  writer

Produced by
Christer Nilson .... producer
Cinematography by
Peter Mokrosinski 
Film Editing by
Michal Leszczylowski 
Production Design by
Charles Koroly 
Makeup Department
Maria Johansson .... assistant makeup artist
Carina Saxenberg .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tobias Falk .... assistant director
Art Department
Maria Håård .... property master
Per Johansson .... painter
Leif Nilsson .... construction manager
Birgitta Nolin .... assistant decorator
Thobias Pettersson .... carpenter
Kristoffer Sjöström .... painter (as Kristofer Sjöström)
Sound Department
Ulf Darin .... sound
Klas Engström .... sound mixer
Christer Melén .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Hans Harnesk .... special effects
Johan Harnesk .... special effects assistant
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jan Andersson .... electrician
Adam Bujak .... still photographer
Victor Davidson .... first assistant camera
Ted Lindahl .... grip
Alma Linder .... second assistant camera
Hans Rinning .... lighting technician
Mike Tiverios .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carina Saxenberg .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Stefan Eriksson .... negative cutter
Åsa Mossberg .... assistant editor
Other crew
Anette Ekholm .... production assistant
Kajsa Forsberg .... script supervisor
Ivar Køhn .... location manager (as Ivar Köhn)

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Also Known As:
"Tala! Det är så mörkt" - Sweden (original title)
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83 min
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Confrontation between a young neo-Nazi and a Jewish doctor, 11 August 1999
Author: PM-19 from Eindhoven, Holland

A chilling, breathtaking, frightening film. A great psychological drama, about a young Swedish neo-nazi, who has been beaten up by other neo-nazis and hides from them in a train. In there, he catches the attention of an older Jewish doctor, Jacob, who notices that Soren ( the neo-nazi ) is injured and invites him to come to his practice to treat him. I found it so very touching that this Jewish man, with all his horrible memories( his entire family died in Auschwitz ), offers his help to this young man, even though he undoubtably must have noticed that it is a neo-nazi, with obviously the anti-Semetic ideas of this movement.

Soren visites the practice, and is invited by Jacob to visit him in his home. Jacob has noticed that this young man has deep-seeded problems, and is fascinated by the reasons and motivations for his ( racial-) hatred and aggressive behaviour.

Then we see a series of 'sessions' in which Jacob learns more about Soren and Soren's background, and Soren in return learns more about Jacob, his terrible losses during World War II, and the true meaning of what happened to the Jews in the camps. In the beginning, Soren is very aggressive and doesn't believe a thing Jacob is trying to tell him. He mocks at him, makes anti-Semitic remarks, threatens him and tries to justify his racialistic ideas and hostile acts towards immigrants.

But slowly, they begin to respect and understand each other, and Soren begins to see that his troubled youth might have something to do with his aggressive behaviour, and that his ideas about Jews, homosexuals and immigrants may not be entirely true or justified after all. Soren doesn't really express his newly gained insights in so many words, but in the end ( when they meet in a train again ), he sits next to Jacob, and smiles at him in a friendly way.

Most of the scenes were shot in a livingroom in Jacob's own home. There are only two important characters, Jacob and Soren. There is no great soundtrack, no special effects, no beautiful sets or locations, but still this is one of the best ( if not THE best ) films I have ever seen. The ongoing conversation between these two opposite characters - one full of kindness and compassion and understanding, the other full of hatred and deep-buried sorrow and pain - is absolutely poignant to watch. There are a number of talking-sessions in which you get some understanding in Jacob's own youth ( through beautifully shot black-and-white scenes of his flight to Sweden with his mother as a young boy ), and in other scenes some insight in Sorens life as a violent neo-nazi and of his troubled childhood with a dominant, violent and abusive father.

Both the actors are really great, and act in such a pure, natural way that I sometimes had the feeling that I was actually watching a real-life documentary with real people who had been through everything that is told in the movie. I found it sometimes very difficult to keep up with and understand Soren's twisted way of thinking, but the conversations never became to difficult or to winded to fail in holding my complete attention.

A chilling, horrific, beautiful, impressive, frightening and sorrowful film. I was still shivering hours later..............I give it 10 out of 10 !

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