Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Dark Psychological Drama in the Midnight Sun

by Erik Skjoldbjærg

I suspect that more people would have seen the remake of Insomnia than the original, but I hadn’t seen either and after watching Prozac Nation I decided to watch Erik Skjoldbjærg’s film set in Norway with a Swedish detective. It’s a psychological thriller that is efficiently and subtle in the way it follows the detective on a twisty investigation of the murder of a young woman. Skjoldbjærg is able to visually illuminate the struggle the detective goes through as well as explore morality in the harsh light of the never-ending daylight of summer above the arctic circle. It smoothly moves along without a wasted scene or shot or lapsing into cliches.

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