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The Monitor (2011)

Babycall (original title)
After a baby monitor picks up another channel, Anna begins reliving the nightmare she'd recently escaped.

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Anna
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Helge
Vetle Qvenild Werring ...
Anders
Stig R. Amdam ...
Ole (as Stig Amdam)
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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Kvinnelig doktor (as Camilla Augusta S. Hallan)
Haakon Gjerløw ...
Butikkansatt 1
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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How far would you go for the ones you love?
9 October 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is the tag-line of much awaited new film from Pål Sletaune (behind the great films "Naboer", "Amatørene" and "Budbringeren") is starring Noomi Rapace and Kristoffer Joner. Seven years since "naboer" or in English "next door", we get a film with similar ideas - a look into disturbed or distorted minds.

Single mother Anna moves with her 8 year old son to a big flat with secret address outside Oslo to get away from her violent husband. Anna is scared stiff that they will be found, and is under heavy watch by a couple of child care workers. She get's the idea of buying a baby call so that her son doesn't have to sleep in her bed, only to find that the baby call picks up another troubled child somewhere in the flat. Anna is really on the edge, and maybe her imagination is playing her as well!?

This psychological thriller goes under your skin in the sympathy for Anna and the other troubled minds in this film. You want her to relax, but still understand how difficult it is when you trust no one.

Really great play by Rapace. She gets under your skin. The film is slow paced in a couple of periods, only to speed up at times, just as real life would be in such a situation. The film is not like you think it will be, so this is not your standard thriller. I still think I'd like another ending to this, though maybe not happy...

Well Sletaune can put another great film under his belt. Always worthwhile and interesting to get sucked into his stories. Well done!


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