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The Cold Light of Day (1996)

A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.

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Viktor Marek
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Milena Tatour
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Anna Tatour
Simon Cadell ...
Vladimir Kozant
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Alexi Berka
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Pavel Novak
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Stephen Nuslauer
Roger Sloman ...
Ludek Dittmayer
Gerard Thoolen ...
Jan Pastorek
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Eva Pastorek
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Jana Kaisler
Vladimír Kulhavý ...
Martin Wittman
Boudewijn de Groot ...
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In the countryside of an Eastern Europe country, three little girls are murdered in the wood by a pedophile and found naked with one precise cut on the throat. Detective Viktor Marek, who has come from the city, investigates the case, but his superior Pavel Nowak arrests a scapegoat, the pothead Alexi Berka, and tortures the youngster to confess the murder since he is disputing the elections. Marek does not agree with the result of the investigation and resigns his job but continues to track the killer. While following a lead in an old road, Marek meets the girl Anna Tatour that has a flat tire of her bicycle and he offers a ride in his car to the girl. Then, he tells to Anna's mother, Milena Tatour, that she should instruct her daughter to not accept ride from strangers. Marek becomes obsessed to hunt down the pedophile and he decides to rent an old gas station in the old road near to the place where the crimes where committed to see the cars that use the road and he invites Milena ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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To get inside a killer's head, a cop must pick the next victim... before the killer does.

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Vladimir Kozant: Shoot... please!
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A well crafted film featuring a wonderful character actor
21 January 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Not having seen the original (In Broad Daylight, if I'm not mistaken), I viewed this film without preexisting expectations and loved it. It's very suspenseful without using formulaic devices and had a really rich pace and rhythm. The characters are very real and three-dimensional and Richard E. Grant gives a wonderful performance (as always, IMHO). I tend to enjoy films that feature character actors in leading roles. They don't have the off-screen persona that tends to overwhelm character portrayal as sometimes happens with conventional leading men and ladies. Sorry about the digression. If you like suspense-thrillers that are intense without displaying a great deal of frenzied action, you'll like this movie.


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