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Naboer (2005)

Director:
Pål Sletaune
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Thriller/Mystery
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
N/A
RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Producer:
Turid Øversveen
Screenwriter:
Pål Sletaune


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
John Kristoffer Joner ½
Anne Cecilie A. Mosli
Kim Julia Schacht ½
Ingrid Anna Bache-Wiig
Åke Michael Nyqvist

 

Review

One of the most talented Scandinavian directors of present, Pål Sletaune returns with his third film  after his award-winning feature debut, Budbringeren (1997) and his follow-up Amatørene (2001). Naboer is a film that will be hated or loved, but if you end up in the latter category, you'll probably be joined by Roman Polanski, as Sletaune borrows inspiration from both Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion and The Tenant. This is a haunting, suspenseful and psychologically resonant mystery thriller. But what is more remarkable is its relevance, which is something surrealistic experiences on film can rarely bolster. Thematically, Naboer has some intense and torrential material to offer. It could easily have become messy, but it remains on top of its game and excels on balancing between the delicate and the repulsive. Julia Schacht (in her feature debut) is brilliant as the girl of forbidden fruit, and in the lead the massively (bordering on destructively) prolific Kristoffer Joner gives arguably the best performance of his career.

Copyright © 14.3.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]