One solitary man at the rudder in a small open boat ploughs through a troubled sea off the Dutch coast.


Daniel Alfredson


Håkan Nesser (book), Daniel Alfredson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Henderson
Benno Fürmann ... David Schwarz
Tuva Novotny ... Eva Schwarz
Michael Byrne ... Keller
Veronica Ferres ... Judith Kerr
Daniela Lavender ... Mariam Kadhar
Tor Clark ... Doris
David Lowe ... Edgar Looft
Jason Riddington ... Otto Gerlach
Sandra Dickinson ... Madame H
Angus Kennedy ... Mort
Annamaria Serda ... Agent (as Anamaria Serda)
Elizabeth Counsell Elizabeth Counsell ... Frau Bloeme
Clarence Smith ... Prosecutor
Ed Cooper Clarke Ed Cooper Clarke ... Thomas Neumann-Hansen


A small open boat ploughs through a troubled sea off the Dutch coast. One solitary man at the rudder. A few days later, when the wind has settled, the smashed up remains of the boat will be found a few kilometres to the south. Meanwhile in Stockholm. David is contacted by his publisher. A manuscript by the famous author Germund Rein has turned up at the publishing house. David has translated the earlier works of Rein and is now given first option to tackle this one. However the manuscript has arrived in Sweden cloaked in strange circumstances. It has not been published in its country of origin. This is the original manuscript and it is accompanied by a letter which states that under no circumstances must the book be printed in its initial language. David also learns that the author Germund Rein has taken his own life by attaching a weight to his body and disappearing into the depths of the Atlantic. The letter must have been the last thing he wrote before he ended it all. The ... Written by D&D

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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This movie, Intrigo: Dear Agnes (2019) and Intrigo: Samaria (2019) comprise an anthology trilogy. As an anthology, the trilogy is tied together by story themes - hate, revenge and nemesis - rather than by characters. The only characters common to all three movies are the not seen opening narrator, portrayed by Karen Archer, who speaks about those themes, and Doris, portrayed by Tor Clark, a server at the titular "Intrigo", a café in the fictional town of Maardam where many of the characters meet. Michael Byrne portrays Keller in both "Author" and "Samaria", Ed Cooper Clarke portrays Thomas Neuman(n)-Hansen in both "Author" and "Agnes", and Cal MacAninch portrays Erich Neuman(n)-Hansen in both "Agnes" and "Samaria", and one can only assume, although it is not implicitly stated, that in all three cases the actor is indeed playing the same character in both movies. In addition, the assumed name of the translator in "Author" and the ad copywriter in "Samaria" are both Henry Martens. See more »


[first lines]
Opening Narrator: The people of the world are more or less the same. Thought we may come in different shapes and colors, we all share the same inheritance, and we all have our back stories, and our secrets. Like this man, let's call him Henry, trying to find his way on a remote Greek island.
Opening Narrator: Even though evolution might seem to mature us, there are still parts of our brain that belong to our reptile ancestors. Although we've convinced ourselves that hate, revenge and nemesis belong to the past, our ...
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Arabesque No. 1
Composed by Claude Debussy
Published by Koka Media
Record label: Koka Classical
[The piano piece David is listening to playing on the turntable]
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... tiresome, tedious and annoying ....
19 January 2020 | by stevojaxonSee all my reviews

I think the actor's knew they were going to be paid regardless of how the movie turned out. So they did their best. To me, I never forgot that I was watching Ben Kingsley, so what happened to his character? Actually, why was his character even there? This movie started out with an intriguing premise, melded into some totally unbelievable ideas and got lost when it drove on the wrong side of the road, so to speak. If the intention was to make it all unclear and confusing then it deserves applause; but methinks someone watched Alfred Hitchcock and thought to themselves, "I can do that". I'll just make it original with some German accents and blue eyed chosen people. I will forget this one soon.

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Release Date:

17 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Pula, Croatia See more »

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