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Fear X -- When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry, prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.
Fear X -- When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.

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Release Date:
4 April 2003 (Denmark) See more »
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The Past Can Never Be Rewound
Plot:
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

John Turturro ... Harry

Deborah Kara Unger ... Kate
Stephen Eric McIntyre ... Phil (as Stephen McIntyre)

William Allen Young ... Agent Lawrence

Gene Davis ... Ed (as Eugene M. Davis)

Mark Houghton ... Diner Cop
Jacqueline Ramel ... Claire

James Remar ... Peter

Nadia Litz ... Ellen
Amanda Ooms ... Prostitute
Liv Corfixen ... Hotel Waitress
Frank Adamson ... Adamson
Spencer Duncanson ... Man
Dan K. Toth ... Hotel Clerk
Jeffrey R. Lawrence ... Sergeant Frank
Thane Chartrand ... Agent Wolfson
Garfield Williams ... Guard
Victor Cowie ... Bill Craven
Susan Kelso ... Mrs. Craven
Robert Huculak ... Roger
Sharon Bajer ... Sally
John Bluethner ... Steadman
Gerry Caplap ... Steve
Brock MacGregor ... Quinn
Megan Basaraba ... Amy
Kekoa Charlot ... Directory Voice (voice)
Fradley Garner ... Radio Voice (voice)
Jennifer Lynn Keef ... Department of Tourism Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cory Cassidy ... Officer (uncredited)

Chad Panting ... Reporter (uncredited)
Warren Louis Wiltshire ... Cop (uncredited)

Jon Ted Wynne ... Man at Ceremony (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nicolas Winding Refn 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hubert Selby Jr.  writer
Nicolas Winding Refn  writer

Produced by
Johnny Andersen .... line producer
Donald C. Archbold .... executive producer
Joseph Newton Cohen .... executive producer (as Joseph Cohen)
Henrik Danstrup .... producer
Aaron Kim Johnston .... co-producer
Gary Phillips .... executive producer
Kenneth D. Plummer .... executive producer
Rupert Preston .... co-producer
Nadia Redler .... executive producer
Mark Vennis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
Dean Landon 
J. Peter Schwalm 
 
Cinematography by
Larry Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Anne Østerud 
 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
Peter De Neergaard 
 
Art Direction by
Morten Isbrand 
Réjean Labrie 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephen Arndt 
 
Costume Design by
Darena Snowe 
 
Makeup Department
Louise Bruun .... hair stylist: Denmark
Louise Bruun .... makeup artist: Denmark
Lori Caputi .... hair stylist
Jennifer Machnee .... first assistant makeup artist
Doug Morrow .... key makeup artist
Pina Robinson .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Dave Mahoney .... unit production manager
Deborah Bayer Marlow .... production manager: Denmark
Torben Raun .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Megan Basaraba .... third assistant director
Charles Crossin .... second assistant director
Jairo Murray .... second assistant director: Denmark
Ronaldo Nacionales .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Charlotte Bech .... prop assistant: Denmark
Ryan Berzuk .... assistant property master
Lloyd Brandson .... key scenic artist
Eileen Gano .... art department coordinator
Jason Gibbs .... lead dresser
Karsten Holst .... property master: Denmark
Robb Paraskevopoulos .... set decorating crew
Gord Peterson .... graphics artist
Bill Sinosich .... head carpenter
Brian Smith .... construction coordinator
Laura Souter .... art department coordinator
Larry Spittle .... property master
Eva Stengade .... scenic painter: Denmark
Taavo Sults .... scenic carpenter
 
Sound Department
Jovan Ajder .... sound editor
Kasper Val Bjerregård Larsen .... dialogue editor (as Søren Bjerregaard-Ryan)
Kasper Val Bjerregård Larsen .... sound re-recording mixer (as Søren Bjerregaard-Ryan)
Majka Bjørnager .... foley editor
Craig Butters .... sound editor
Jens Bønding .... production sound mixer
Mikkel Groos .... boom operator: Denmark
Stan Mak .... boom operator
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Peter Schultz .... foley recordist
Peter Schultz .... sound designer
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Morten Balling .... visual effects set supervisor
Lars Bjørn Hansen .... Flame artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Frithiof August .... clapper loader
Tony Bear Ruksys .... dolly grip
Thomas Bekker .... best boy electric: Denmark
Ryan Beresford .... lamp operator
Craig Bloor .... focus puller
Neil Cervin .... camera operator
John Durica .... daily electrician
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Joao Holowka .... best boy electric
Joao Holowka .... gaffer
Rolf Konow .... still photographer: Denmark
Jacob Marlow .... gaffer: Denmark
Jim McNulty .... generator operator
Thomas Menzer .... lighting technician: Denmark
Jens Bo Poulsen .... lighting technician: Denmark
Daniel Quesnel .... assistant camera
Peter Topsøe-Jensen .... focus puller: second unit (as Peter Topsøe)
Shauna Townley .... assistant camera
Nicole Wiwchar .... second assistant camera
Jacob Østergaard .... lighting technician: Denmark
 
Casting Department
Kathy Driscoll .... casting: Winnipeg (as Kathleen Driscoll)
Jennifer Koenig .... casting assistant: Winnipeg
Lori Stefaniuk .... extras casting
Olle Westholm .... casting: Sweden
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sussie Bjørnvad .... costumer: Denmark (as Susie Bjørnvad)
Paula Dunfield .... costume set supervisor
Karen Kristalovich .... costume truck supervisor
Guy Mastaler .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Jette Bjørkmann .... negative cutter
Michael Frank Nielsen .... color timer
Kaspar Astrup Schröder .... assistant editor
Trevor White .... colorist: dailies
Mette Zeruneith .... additional editor: Denmark
 
Transportation Department
Brian 'Shaky' Johnson .... transportation captain
Glen Kerr .... driver: honeywagon
Dave Perich .... daily driver
Jim Stevenson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Sedsel Andersen .... continuity
Sedsel Andersen .... script supervisor
Julie Anderson .... first assistant accountant
Carrie Arsenault .... key craft service
Jim Bach .... video coordinator
Filippa Borg .... production assistant: Denmark
Dave Brown .... firearms safety coordinator
Milt Bruchanski .... assistant location manager
Lorraine Clements .... assistant location manager
Victor Dobchuk .... location manager
Adeline Elias .... production accountant
Sheree Fondeur .... production assistant (as Sheree Betker)
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Randy Guest .... production assistant
Leif Axel Kjeldsen .... title sequence editor: Denmark
Vince Krochak .... production assistant
Scott Layton .... assistant production coordinator
Tamara Mauthe .... production coordinator
Basil McKinley .... avid technical support
Alanna Mills .... script supervisor
David Porter .... chef
Bob Stewart .... clearance coordinator
Helle Stübner .... production coordinator: Denmanrk
Cliff Sumter .... body double
Oliver Winding .... script consultant
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material
Runtime:
USA:91 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13

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Trivia:
Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Sizemore were all considered for the lead role.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Harry:Unit 14 here. I got a white, middle-aged male, he just took a cardigan and slipped it into his bag. Area A-91, over.
Control Room Guard:Copy. Got the suspect on camera. Over.
Harry:Stay on him, here I go...
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For patient art house cinephiles only, 10 July 2014
Author: kluseba from Chicoutimi, Canada

"Fear X" (2003) is a quite weird psycho-thriller by the highly experimental Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn who is known for other controversial art house films like "Valhalla Rising" (2009) and "Only God Forgives" (2013). "Fear X" feels like an unfinished movie that seems to offer a lot of food for thought at first contact but only leads to two possible conclusions after the almost abrupt ending. Many viewers will be disappointed by the lack of a proper conclusion while others may find exactly this aspect very creative. In my opinion, the movie lacks the detailed descriptions and out-thought storytelling qualities of comparable art house directors like David Lynch. If you are not into slow paced art house movies, you are going to waste your time. If you are honestly interested in this genre, there are other classics like "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972), "Lost Highway" (1997), "Audition" (1999), "In the Mood for Love" (2000) and "Memento" (2001) you should have watched and appreciated before you venture into the more liberal territory of "Fear X".

As for the story, I invite you to discover it by yourself and don't want to give any more details than these: A depressed security guard can't forget about the murder of his wife that happened at his workplace some time ago when the young woman was gunned down along with a police officer by an unknown in the parking lot of a shopping mall. The desperate man is still looking for any possible detail to reconstruct the mysterious murder in order to understand why his wife had to die. A mysteriously discovered photograph leads him to a place where his wife and him had been on vacation several months earlier and his arrival will create a lot of nervous tension in town.

As a fan of the art house genre, there are several things I appreciated and disliked about this movie. The first negative aspect is that the movie has a complete absence of crime scenes. The movie would have kicked off in a much more dynamical way if the director had shown us the initial crime that is later shown on blurry surveillance camera footage only. An even bigger problem is the lack of details in the plot that could have delivered some food for thought. Apart of the two main characters, all other appearances remain peripheral even though some of them actually had some potential. Many little scenes don't add anything to the plot at all. These scenes aren't there to confuse us either or to tell us more about the characters, I feel like them being really unnecessary. As I said before, there are two ways to analyze this movie in the end but I don't want to spoil this film for you as you need to experience it on your own to make up your own mind about it. One of these two options would induct a couple of massive plot holes though which would make this film appear quite amateurish.

The movie also has its strong points though. The movie doesn't feature too many dialogues and the actors have to work a lot with their facial expressions. This approach is experimental and intriguing and the actors and actresses actually do a very convincing job. The movie's strongest point is its bleak and slightly surreal atmosphere. This point is supported by a minimalist soundtrack by Brian Eno, a clever choice of settings including many dark rooms and the use of the colour red in many scenes and the slow paced acting and storytelling. Even though nothing really happened in some scenes, the movie got me on the edge of my seat like an atmospheric horror movie. Some surreal elements of the film also added a nice psychological suspense that turned somehow out to be the main guiding line of this film.

In the end, this movie pretty much offers as many positive as negative points. I liked to experience this movie once but I guess I wouldn't watch it again or recommend it to many people. I felt that this movie had a lot of potential and especially the first two thirds of the film very actually intriguing but the last third and the hollow ending were a negative surprise in my opinion. This movie is for patient art house cinephiles and fans of the controversially discussed director only.

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