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Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjaerg makes his directorial debut with the psychological police drama Insomnia. Swedish homicide detective Jonas Engström (Stellan Skarsgård) and his partner, Erik Vik (Sverre Anker Ousdal), arrive in a small Northern Norwegian town to help the local police investigate the murder of a teenage girl. When Jonas finds the girl's backpack, he sets a trap for the killer near a remote shed. While waiting to make an ambush in the morning fog, Jonas accidentally shoots Erik. He knows it was only an accident, but he decides to keep it a secret because he could lose his job. Jonas chooses to carry on with his investigation while trying to cover up the evidence of Erik's death. Meanwhile, he's unable to get any sleep due to the constant sunlight of the Norwegian summer and his increasingly guilty conscience. His only help comes from highly intuitive local police officer Hilda Haugen (Gisken Armand), who begins to form her own doubts about Jonas. As he continues to lose his grip on the case at hand, he becomes dangerously close to the suspects, Jon Holt (Bjørn Floberg) and Frøya (Marianne O. Ulrichsen). Filmmaker Christopher Nolan directed the English-language remake of Insomnia in 2002 with Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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Seldom has the environment played so large a role in a thriller as in Erik Skjoldbjaerg's impressively atmospheric film debut. Stellan Skarsgard stars as a Swedish homicide detective dispatched to neighboring Norway to help the local cops solve the murder of a teen girl-a task made more difficult by guilt over a grievous accident and lack of sleep from the midnight arctic sun. Respectably remade in 2002 by the "Batman" trilogy's Christopher Nolan, the gloomy original still shines brighter. For police procedural aficionados. [See Trailers, LJ 6/1/14.] (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
An arrogant detective with a tarnished past, is dispatched to a remote hamlet in northern Norway to find the killer of a beautiful young woman.
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