Den som frykter ulven (2004)
Karin Fossum's crime story is layered, insightful and ingeniously plotted. Scripted by Stefan Ahnhem, Den som frykter ulven bumps into some cliches from time to time (nobody ever believes the cop who's right, women who slap men will sooner or later kiss and make up), but the direction is tight, effective and at times creative. Fuelled by some great acting - particularly by the unlikely couple Joner and Hoff - the film has real drive which is only halted by a couple of stumbles. It is at its most vibrant through the relation between our two (alleged) antagonists, and Hoff and Joner manage to convey warmth and human value into characters that with lesser actors could easily have become stereotypes. The romance between Bom and Goody is a bit too convenient, but Hörtnagl is clever enough to keep it appropriately backgrounded. An exhilarating finale puts the icing on a cake that tastes as you'd expect, but that you still would want more of. And had the producers been able to find a more talented kid for the role of Kannick, the pay-off would have been even more effective.