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Living in Peril (1997)

Director:
Jack Ersgård
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Living in Peril
RUNNING TIME
93 minutes
Producer:
Tabin Caplan
Brad Southwick
Screenwriter:
Jesper Ersgård
Joakim Ersgård
Patrik Ersgård


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Walter Woods Rob Lowe
Harrison/Oliver James Belushi ½
William Dean Stockwell ½
Linda Woods Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ½
Catherine Langtry Alex Meneses ½
Fritz Richard Moll ½
Truck Driver Tony Longo ½
Dieter Krankbaum Patrik Ersgård ½

 

Review

Architect Rob Lowe is Living in Peril when he travels to Los Angeles to present his drawings to wealthy builder James Belushi, and after he rents a flat in grumpy Dean Stockwell's apartment building, he has to deal with these two eccentric gentlemen as well as a sexually aggressive neighbour, a happy-go-lucky German and an angry truck driver who was recently fired by his employer after Lowe complained about his driving.

This obscure film by the Swedish Ersgård brothers is worth a look, if not because of the story in itself, then because of the film's eccentric, evocative tone. An important factor in this is the nostalgic musical score and set direction, which together create an almost Hitchcockesque mood. The Ersgård brothers obviously knew what they wanted, and the film is also suspenseful on its own quirky level. There are lots of characters, entanglements and situations, and although our protagonist's choices sometimes seem more driven by the plot than by common sense, the film's stylized nature allows it to get away with that. The Ersgård brothers made a few more movies in the years following this, before disappearing from the scene.

Re-reviewed: Copyright © 12.1.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review:
Copyright © 7.10.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang