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Insomnia (1997)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 29 May 1998 (USA)
In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Director:

Erik Skjoldbjærg

Writers:

Nikolaj Frobenius (screenplay), Erik Skjoldbjærg (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Mathiesen Maria Mathiesen ... Tanja Lorentzen
Stellan Skarsgård ... Jonas Engström
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Erik Vik
Gisken Armand ... Hilde Hagen
Kristian Figenschow Kristian Figenschow ... Arne Zakariassen (as Kristian Fr. Figenschow)
Thor Michael Aamodt Thor Michael Aamodt ... Tom Engen
Frode Rasmussen Frode Rasmussen ... Chief of Police
Bjørn Moan Bjørn Moan ... Eilert
Maria Bonnevie ... Ane
Marianne O. Ulrichsen Marianne O. Ulrichsen ... Frøya
Bjørn Floberg Bjørn Floberg ... Jon Holt
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Storyline

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle, a Swedish murder investigator is brought in to find an elusive killer. But when the officer accidentally kills his own partner and covers it up, a double sided game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Written by Daniel Jos. Leary

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Den som synder, sover ikke. [He who sins, does not sleep.]


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Insomnia homepage

Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

29 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezsennosc See more »

Filming Locations:

Nyksund, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,366, 31 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$221,173, 13 December 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan with the same title See more »

Goofs

When Jonas takes Frøya to the dump to see where Tanja was found, the site is so very tidy. No flies, the bones are not oxidized nor discolored, and everything looks staged. Dumps usually have a nasty smell and the actors do not seem to notice much of an odor. See more »

Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Second Side
Music by Anasthesia
Joachim Arnesen/Philip J. Borgli/Syver Normann
Kai Saturday/Petter Sveen/Arne Woldhaug
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A thriller with a twist
4 October 2004 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

Erik Skjoldbjaerg's 1997 film 'Insomnia' starring Stellan Skarsgard is a fine example of the rich films being offered by the foreign film market. Skarsgard plays Jonas Engstrom, a disgraced detective who, with his partner, travels to Norway to help a small town solve the murder of a 17-year-old girl. Due to the atmospheric conditions (there is 24 hour sunshine) and recent events, Engstrom is suffering from a severe bout of insomnia, which is causing problems with his work and psyche.

Not having seen Christopher Nolan's remake, I didn't know what to expect from the story, so I was pleasantly surprised by the unconventional progression of the storyline and the various twists within the script. I have only seen Skarsgard in a couple of films, but he is always fantastic, as he is in this film as well. There are few actors who can keep a straight face, yet still manage to convey complex emotion, and Skarsgard is one of them. He walked through his scenes with a somberness that is reminiscent of most M. Knight Shymalan heroes; powerful, yet weary. Skjoldbjaergs's direction is absolutely beautiful. The colors are quite sharp, and most scenes are expertly framed – most would make gorgeous still frames.

I plan to see the remake of 'Insomnia' eventually, but whether you have seen it or not, I would recommend catching the film that inspired it. 7/10.

--Shelly


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