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Insomnia

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Insomnia (Movie - 1997)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Stellan Skarsgard
director:
Erik Skjoldbjaerg
distributor:
First Run Features
author:
Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Nikolaj Frobenius
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

In the Arctic, in the summertime, the sun never sets. Hence Insomnia, the title of director Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s deft debut. Skarsgard — the twitchy sweathog of Ronin, the frosty mathematician of Good Will Hunting — plays a crack investigator gone to north Norway to solve the murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl who had a sneering cheat for a boyfriend and a crime novelist for a sugar daddy. For all his tough perfectionism, the cop is no match for the maddening light, and after he mistakenly shoots his partner, the cover-up of one killing converges with the uncovering of another. It would overstate the case to call Skjoldbjaerg a humanist Hitchcock, but only by a little: He’s made a thriller tense with tingly fear and obsessed with every sense of the word guilt. A-

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