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Fear X (2003)

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When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.

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Nicolas Winding Refn (screenplay by), Hubert Selby Jr. (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Harry
Deborah Kara Unger ... Kate
Stephen Eric McIntyre ... Phil (as Stephen McIntyre)
William Allen Young ... Agent Lawrence
Gene Davis ... Ed (as Eugene M. Davis)
Mark Houghton ... Diner Cop
Jacqueline Ramel ... Claire
James Remar ... Peter
Nadia Litz ... Ellen
Amanda Ooms ... Prostitute
Liv Corfixen ... Hotel Waitress
Frank Adamson ... Adamson
Spencer Duncanson Spencer Duncanson ... Man
Dan K. Toth Dan K. Toth ... Hotel Clerk
Jeffrey R. Lawrence Jeffrey R. Lawrence ... Sergeant Frank
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Storyline

After his wife is murdered in a parking garage, mall security agent Harry obsessively studies security camera footage in order to find out who has killed her and why. After the discovery of a meaningful clue, his investigation soon takes a dark turn. Written by bjongen

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The Past Can Never Be Rewound

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material | See all certifications »
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Country:

Denmark | Canada | UK | Brazil

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Fear X - Im Angesicht der Angst See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Budget:

$6,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolas Winding Refn's film company (Jang Go Star) went bankrupt after the box office failure of this film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry: Unit 14 here. I got a white, middle-aged male, he just took a cardigan and slipped it into his bag. Area A-91, over.
Control Room Guard: Copy. Got the suspect on camera. Over.
Harry: Stay on him, here I go...
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The closing credits appear on footage from CCTV security tapes. See more »

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The Story Of My Love
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Haunting downbeat Noir-ish mystery
9 February 2003 | by doctorhumppSee all my reviews

"Fear X" is a change of pace and scenery for both Danish director Refn ("Pusher", "Bleeder") and writer Selby Jr. ("Last Exit To Brooklyn", "Requiem For A Dream") who mostly deal with violent urban decay and despair.

A shopping mall security guard, John Turturro, is trying to track down whoever shot his wife in the same mall. A co-worker supplies him with endless surveillance tapes which he watches over and over, while taking photos of blurry 'suspects' of the tapes. Little by little he collects fragments of evidence of the identity of the murderer. But "Fear X" is not a straight forward thriller with a crystal clear conclusion, it's more of a dark unsettling psychological journey of a man in need of healing for his loss.

Snowy Canada is stand-in for Midwestern small town Wisconsin in this independent film (co-produced by Denmark, Britian, and Canada) that has a "Fargo" look to it. The director's two first films was clearly inspired by the works of Scorsese and especially Abel Ferrara, but "Fear X" is less easy to compare to others. There's a conspiracy feel of movies like "Blow Up" and "The Conversation" but some of the surreal images in the end recalls David Lynch and vintage Polanski. The pace is subtle just like John Turturro's awesome lowkey performance which suits the film perfectly because you can totally identify and feel for his character's quest for the truth. Brian Eno's haunting score also fits the movie quite nicely and gives a feeling of genuine dread. Anyone who think all Danish movies are overhyped Dogme experiments shot on video by epileptic camera men are in for a nice surprise. The film is shot in beautiful scope by Kubrick's cinematopgrapher. The always reliable James Remar, whom I loved since "The Warriors", also deserves praise for his small but important role.

"Fear X" received some good reviews at the recent Sundance festival, and will hopefully find a larger audience. Refn still remains the most promising Danish director, in my opinion, because he totally operates outside the Danish trendy mainstream film circles with a genuine love for movies, from classic Italian cinema to hardboiled American crime flicks, which make his vision of filmmaking pretty unique in Denmark and Europe.


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