The Guilty

R, 85 minutes

 

When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren’s strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm’s tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mindspace. (Gustav Möller, 2018, Denmark, Danish with English subtitles, 85 mins., R, DCP)

 

“The Guilty” provides a master class in low-budget yet high-concept independent filmmaking. It’s riveting.” — David Lewis, San Fransisco Chronicle

“This polished, well-calibrated thriller is a best-in-class showcase of the possibilities of cinema even with the most limited of resources.” — Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

“A high-concept, low-budget and skilfully muscle-tensing Danish thriller to which you can imagine more than a couple of eager Tinseltown execs angling for the remake rights.” — Guy Lodge, Variety

“A cinematic study in tension, sound design, and how to make a thrilling movie with a limited tool box.” — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“If the setting of “The Guilty” couldn’t be simpler, its immaculate execution by first-time director Gustav Möller couldn’t be more gripping and involving.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Jakob Cedergren’s performance is the reason why this film is so compelling.” — Jamie Broadnax, Black Girl Nerds


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