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In a quiet neighborhood of a small town we find a family in turmoil as a man struggles for balance in his relations to himself and his family. Wrestling an inferno of emotions he ventures ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Julia Brådhe-Dehnisch ...
Rakel (as Julia Dehnisch)
Felix Engström ...
Elin Klinga ...
The Wife
Josefine Adner ...
Flower Shop Clerk


In a quiet neighborhood of a small town we find a family in turmoil as a man struggles for balance in his relations to himself and his family. Wrestling an inferno of emotions he ventures into himself, finding the most primal of all truths... ...the beast within. Written by Anonymous

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Taught Little Domestic Thriller
27 June 2004 | by (Laurel, MD) – See all my reviews

I originally bought this due to the fact that I am a fan of the Norwegian band Ulver. Their appearance here as score writers makes sense in several ways. First: for a movie that was as low budget as this one, they were affordable. Second: They're one the few bands I know of that have come out of the Norwegian black metal community as sincere musical artists. Third: (just for fun) Ulver means Wolf in English as Lycantropen in a sense means werewolf, to those who did not know.

The movie follows a small family in Norway that go through a family crisis. I don't much want to say more because to do so would be to explain the whole short.

Throughout, the three actors all do well, the little girl is both adorable and wonderful to watch as an actress. The subtly add a wonderful tension to the film not experienced in the vast majority of full-length thrillers while the music add a quiet ambiance that enhances this mood. Careful attention was obviously spent on color themes and set placements because nothing looks like it was placed there accidentally. The Cinematography is beautiful throughout the film and the lighting is very effective. For a small budget it seemed that the production values were very high.

The only flaw that I found would be the end. This is due to the disruption of the subtly. I could understand it for a full-length going for a sudden shock; however for a short film my belief would be that going the full course in one manner would better serve the film and the audience.

All in all this is worth seeking out. I have watched this many times without my enjoyment levels developing any drastic shifts. I'm going to watch to see what Steve Ericsson, the Swedish director, does in the future after viewing his promising debut. Recommended to all.


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