Möller squeezes every drop of tension out of the concept, and then finds ways to suck the air from your lungs again.
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The Guilty

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.

Festival award-winner: Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Seattle International Film Festival and Montclair Film Festival

Played at

Monica Film Center, 1.04.19 - 1.10.19
Playhouse 7, 10.19.18 - 11.01.18
Royal, 10.19.18 - 11.08.18
Rated R This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 85 min
Language: Danish, English
FEATURED REVIEW: Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Danish thriller “The Guilty,” Gustav Moller’s riveting first feature, would work just fine as a radio play. We meet beleaguered 911 operator Asger (Jakob Cedergren) dealing with a real-time emergency in his claustrophobic office, juggling calls in real-time as he ma...