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The Monitor (2011)
"Babycall" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  7 October 2011 (Norway)
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After a baby monitor picks up another channel, Anna begins reliving the nightmare she'd recently escaped.

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Vetle Qvenild Werring ...
Anders
Stig R. Amdam ...
Ole
Maria Bock ...
Grete
Torkil Høeg ...
Nabogutten (as Torkil Johannes Swensen Høeg)
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Mannlig doktor
Tom Hugo Nielsen ...
Skoleinspektør
Mona Engh ...
Sekretær
Eva Zeidler ...
Helges mor
Kaia Varjord ...
Politikvinne
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Haakon Gjerløw ...
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Frank Jørstad ...
Butikkansatt 2
Bjørn Moan ...
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After escaping an abusive husband Anna and her 8 year old son move to a secret location in a giant apartment building. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son's room at all times. But strange noises echo in the baby monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered she fears it is her own. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped Anna will need to figure out what's real and what isn't before she loses her sanity and her child. Written by Elizabeth Obermeier, Marketing Manager

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Surreal Thriller with a strange vibe...
15 October 2012 | by (Åland Islands) – See all my reviews

With the huge success of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and later on Prometheus, Noomi Rapace has become a well established actress, and if you are interested in seeing her in something closer to her home you can check out this movie. Directed by Pål Sletaune (Next Door, You Really Got Me) it has that strange and almost surreal atmosphere (almost surreal, more like super surreal), so besides the Norwegian vibe you have the surreal one too. Two phenomenal leads, Noomi Rapace and Kristoffer Joner create a perfect setting for Babycall. While Kristoffer didn't have much transitions to go to, Noomi here had the opportunity to take us on a journey to a mind of a single mother and she did it perfectly. We can understand different states of her mind, without any words spoken and follow her mental state as the story develops.

Anna and her son Anders have just moved into a new apartment after her husband tried to kill Anders. They now live in hiding and await the final court decision about the custody of Anders. Anna, afraid for her sons wellbeing is overprotective and is practically glued to Anders. This will be a problem when it's time for him to go back to school, and she nervously accepts this only after being chased away from school grounds. Still in fear that her husband will find them she goes to a store and buys a baby monitor. There she will meet Helge, a shy salesman troubled by his mothers illness and two of them will become friends. Trouble starts when Anna starts hearing something that sounds like an abuse and brutal beating over the baby monitor. After consulting with Helge she discovers that this is an interference from another baby monitor only 50 meters away. This is the same time when mind will start playing tricks on her, making it extremely difficult for her to get to the bottom of this...

Babycall is a strange movie, and while some might find it a bit slow, it is quite rewarding if you watch it 'till the end. It is a different take on the same thriller/horror subject so popular in Hollywood, but it definitely has its flaws. One of the main ones is the sudden turn in mood towards the end of the movie, and relatively confusing story with the heavy lifting left to the viewer.

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