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The Psychics (2019)

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A woman making a documentary about psychics searches for answers surrounding the disappearance of her sister.
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Kirsti Lovas ... Camilla
Frank Thomas Holen Andersen Frank Thomas Holen Andersen ... Frank
Oddrun Valestrand ... Astrid
Hannah Karine Giske Hannah Karine Giske ... Hannah
Jennie Sofie Lie Pickl Jennie Sofie Lie Pickl ... Caroline
Tycho Castberg Tycho Castberg ... Robert
Tomas Sem Løkke-Sørensen Tomas Sem Løkke-Sørensen ... Thomas
Christer Gilje Christer Gilje ... Christer
Torunn Westerfjell Torunn Westerfjell ... Torun
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A woman making a documentary about psychics searches for answers surrounding the disappearance of her sister.

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Large parts of the film is shot on an ordinary camcorder. The director was so pleased with the actors performance that he every night during the filming period thanked God before going to bed. A significant amount of the material used in the film was shot by the actors (they play film makers) All dialogue was improvised on set while shooting the movie. This is only the third Norwegian found footage film ever made. See more »

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Excellent mystery/thriller!
8 April 2020 | by j-nickturnerSee all my reviews

TL;DR: Go in blind and give it a shot! Solid mystery with a great climax. (For fans of low-budget indie Found Footage. But even if FF isn't your jam, I think everyone should try it.)

I was really impressed with this Norwegian indie offering! The script is fully fleshed out with plenty of twists and turns. It cleverly keeps you guessing and tuned in to what's happening. You will constantly be coming up with theories of what's coming next, but you are never certain of what is going on unless the film wants you to know. Not to say that you won't be able to figure certain things out, but you'll have so many theories floating around in your head by the time it happens. And there are certain things that you will just not see coming.

The plot is patient, but focused. Although it is a bit of a slow burn, the pacing never felt like an issue. It moved along fast enough to keep you engaged, but slow enough to let you digest what is happening and keep you on your toes. I was glued to the screen the entire time.

The ending ties everything together nicely and satisfies your curiosity. Finally, a found footage movie that actually knows how to end. Most of these things just kind of fizzle out by the end and leave a bad taste in your mouth. But as I said before, the writer/director knew exactly how he wanted his story to go and it shows in the conclusion.

The performances from the actors are fantastic, especially when considering that this film practically had no budget (from what I understand). I can't think of a single moment of a stiff delivery or distracting dialogue.

My only complaint would probably be the dreaded shaky cam towards the beginning, but it actually did seem to serve a narrative purpose. I just found it a little off putting. Don't worry, the rest of the film features great cinematography. As a matter of fact, some of the shot compositions are beautiful. There was one scene in particular that impressed me where a character is being very stern. The way the shot is set up, with the sunlight accenting her eyes, really helped drive home the serious nature of the scene. It's not often that you get a director of a found footage movie who pays such close attention to detail.

All in all, this an excellent supernatural mystery/thriller from a very talented director. I enjoyed every minute of it and I'll be keeping an eye out for future projects from him.


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10 January 2019 (Norway) See more »

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De Klarsynte See more »

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