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The Hypnotist (2012)

Hypnotisören (original title)
A detective pairs himself with a famous psychologist on a case involving a traumatized young witness to a crime.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Paolo Vacirca (screenplay), Paolo Vacirca (story adaption) | 3 more credits »
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A detective seeks the help of a hypnotist to help him with a traumatized child that witnessed a gruesome murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobias Zilliacus ... Joona Linna
Mikael Persbrandt ... Erik Maria Bark
Lena Olin ... Simone Bark
Helena Af Sandeberg ... Daniella
Oscar Pettersson Oscar Pettersson ... Benjamin
Anna Azcárate ... Lydia
Jonatan Bökman ... Josef
Jan Waldekranz ... Shulman
Eva Melander ... Magdalena
Göran Thorell Göran Thorell ... Stensund
Gustav Levin Gustav Levin ... Carlos
Tomas Magnusson Tomas Magnusson ... Petter
Ulf Eklund Ulf Eklund ... Nålen
Conny Vakare Conny Vakare ... Kut chefen
Emma Mehoniç Emma Mehoniç ... Evelyn
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After a young woman and her parents are murdered by a killer determined to wipe out the entire family, Detective Inspector Joona Linna works with a psychiatrist to hypnotize the son who narrowly escaped death in order to find the one surviving daughter before the murderer does. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El hipnotista See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The official submission of Sweden to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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The movie shows a hemophiliac being administered antihemophilic factor through an intramuscular injection at night. Antihemophilic factor is mostly administered in mornings and always intravenously. See more »

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Music by Oscar Fogelström and Niki & the Dove, lyrics by Malin Dahlstrom'
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Plot void
12 June 2013 | by ncg-2See all my reviews

The movie features internationally known actors who perform excellent with the material they have got to work with. I never got to sympathize with any of them though, the script and the way Lasse Hallstrom directs never lets me. There is a fast pace throughout the movie where things just happen without visible motive or any chance of contemplation, which makes it feel erratic at best. All you can do as a watcher is to lean back and disconnect the grey cells.

As far as the plot goes, there are huge plot elements missing from the Swedish best selling book of 2009 which in my opinion never was that great to begin with. With the parts that gave the books some depth excluded we are left with a shallow story at most.

At least Lena Olins performance elevated the movie a notch, and I believe no other Swedish director than Hallstrom would have been able to provoke the feelings she is showing. The other actors were fair to good, not more not less.

I would not recommend this movie even if you have two hours to spare.


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