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Revenge (2015)

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In Western Norway, Rebekka is looking for retribution. Under false identity, she seeks out her deceased sister's violator and embeds herself into his idyllic family to now destroy his life.

Director:

Kjersti Steinsbø

Writers:

Ingvar Ambjørnsen (story by), Kjersti Steinsbø (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Trond Espen Seim ... Ivar
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... Bimbo
Maria Bock ... Nina
Helene Bergsholm Helene Bergsholm ... Maya
Frode Winther Frode Winther ... Morten
Siren Jørgensen Siren Jørgensen ... Rebekka
Kine Bortheim Jentoft Kine Bortheim Jentoft ... Sara
Bjørn Terje Berdal Bjørn Terje Berdal ... Terje
Frida Stubhaug Gamlestøl Frida Stubhaug Gamlestøl ... Hilde
Rakel Hamre Rakel Hamre ... Emma
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Rebekka's beloved younger sister has just committed suicide. Grieving, angry and seeking justice, with nothing but a kitchen knife in hand, she drives off to a tranquil waterfront hotel deep in the fjords of Western Norway. The very hotel, where of her sister's assailant currently resides. Murder on her mind, she arrives under a false identity, a journalist for a travel magazine. She receives a hearty welcome from the man and his wife. Shortly into her stay, she corners the man alone, and has her chance to kill him, but her courage fails her. Changing strategy, she decides that stripping him from everything that matters; his family, and most importantly his social status is an even greater punishment. Weaving her plan slowly, like a lone cowboy she rides into town seeking her kind of justice, and when she rides back out, left behind is a destroyed man and a village in chaos and justice in her heart. Written by Dukken i Taket team

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Norway | Canada

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

11 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

NOK14,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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To Burden You
Written and performed by Thea Hjelmeland
Published by THEAH Music (Tono)
Courtesy of MADE
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My Review Of "Revenge"
30 August 2018 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

"Revenge" is a steady, methodical character study, driven by cruelty and fueled by retribution. The story is a classic revenge thriller tale in that it focuses on one woman's journey to exact revenge. Kjersti Steinsbø's prose stays more within the drama and psychological methodology of the victim's motivatio, as opposed to traditional films focusing on graphic violence. "Revenge" works when connecting the viewer with a sympathetic perspective, but fails when approaching the thriller edge, needed to excite the story's more psychological criminality eluded to in the plot details.

The film does manage to be an original approach to the revenge subgenre story. Instead of going for gore and gratuitous violence. Steinsbø chooses a more empathetic, dramatic approach, allowing for the viewer to be imaginative in interpreting the moments as they unfold. It proves well at giving the movie a more sophisticated look and feel. Unfortunately the volume of material presented isn't enough to maintain the initial level of suspense, and intrigue the the beginning builds.

Overall "Revenge" is a delightful, captivating melodrama that tip-toes around rap-revenge tropes without getting dirty. Shot beautifully and told with heartfelt honesty. However it will only resonate with indie world cinema crowds, satisfied with drama framed by some of the world's prettiest scenery. Horror and traditional revenge thriller fans will find very little to sustain them during the film's running time.


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