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Pyromaniac (2016)

Pyromanen (original title)
A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don't know he's not a stranger, but one of them. We follow him, the fire brigade chief's own son, spreading fear in secret.

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Erik Skjoldbjærg
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trond Nilssen ... Dag (as Trond Hjort Nilssen)
Per Frisch Per Frisch ... Ingemann
Liv Bernhoft Osa Liv Bernhoft Osa ... Alma
Henrik Rafaelsen ... Lensmannen
Oddgeir Thune ... Alfred
Agnes Kittelsen ... Elsa
Gerdi Schjelderup Gerdi Schjelderup ... Johanna
Per Tofte Per Tofte ... Olav
Kari Onstad Winge Kari Onstad Winge ... Agnes
Kirsti Grundtvig Kirsti Grundtvig ... Postsjef (as Kirsti Grundvig)
Geir Myre Geir Myre ... Kaddeberg
Amund Hestsveen Amund Hestsveen ... Journalist
Patrik Stenseth Patrik Stenseth ... Tommy
Steffen Mulder Steffen Mulder ... Stig
Ane Kirkeng Jørgensen Ane Kirkeng Jørgensen ... Anne
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A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don't know he's not a stranger, but one of them. We follow him, the fire brigade chief's own son, spreading fear in secret.

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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Pyromaniac See more »

Filming Locations:

Kristiansand, Norway

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$431,768
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A portrait of a troubled young man
23 February 2017 | by peefynSee all my reviews

This is a slow moving film, more interested in the character and his position within the small village, than it is in the actual fires themselves. Don't expect a lot of dramatic sequences.

The character that this movie follows is quite interesting. Understanding a pyromaniac is difficult, and I'm sure every case is different. The way this story is presented, you can understand (on some level) what motivates him to do what he does. Some of the best sequences in the film are of him interacting with other locals, where you can feel the tension in him. There's also a few tragic moments, where you can see how he is struggling to find his place in the small village.

For some reason, the director chooses to downplay the possible tension inherit in this movie. I think I like what he is doing, but I can also imagine someone else making a movie that is just as interesting as a character portrait, but doesn't feel as slow.

As a Norwegian, I also have to comment on the weird mix of dialects this movie got going on. It kind of breaks the realism of this being a village from the south of Norway. Oh well.


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