Norwegian screenwriter and director Eva Sørhaug's second feature film which she wrote, is inspired by and article series in the Norwegian tabloid newspaper VG from 2007 about domestic partnership crimes where men were the offenders and women the victims. It premiered in the Vanguard section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and is a Norwegian production which was shot on location in Oslo, Norway and produced by Norwegian film editor and producer Håkon Øverås. It tells the story about an established though troubled middle-aged couple, a feuding ex-couple with two adolescent daughters and an abusive relationship between a couple who recently became parents.
Finely and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sørhaug, this fictional and finely tuned character piece which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the three male protagonists point of view, draws an acute, unsettling and unsentimental portrayal of 90 minutes of a day in the lives of three men and three women. While notable for it's bleak and naturalistic interior milieu depiction, fine production design by Norwegian production designer Nina-Bjerch Andresen, cinematography by Norwegian cinematographer Harald Gunnar Paalgaard and use of sound, this narrative-driven psychological drama which in a way seems like three short feature films merged into one, contains a prominent and poignant score by Norwegian composer Henrik Skram which emphasizes the ominous atmosphere.
This intentionally provocative, kind of Greek tragedy and visceral urban chamber-piece about a dark theme that has rarely been examined in Norwegian cinema, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, interrelating stories, tormented characters, the efficiently understated acting performance by Norwegian actor Bjørn Floberg where so much is expressed through his face, the mostly physical acting performance by actor and director Aksel Hennie in a commendable against type role and the fine acting performances by actor Mads Ousdal, actress Pia Tjelta and actress Kaia Varjord in her debut feature film role. A throughout tense thriller which is one of the most distinct expressions from a female Norwegian filmmaker and most rigorous and minimalistic Norwegian films in recent years.
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