Archive for April 4th, 2010

Skjult (Hidden)

by on Apr.04, 2010, under Daily Review

If there is one thing that this project has highlighted to me so far, it’s the brilliant talent which is at work in the Norwegian film industry, offering the genre all manner of clever things. Pål Øie is writer and Director here and it’s safe to say he’s a remarkable creative force

Kai (Kristoffer Joner) returns to his childhood home, inheriting his mothers house. His disturbing past begins to unwind with flashback memories, particularly the events of a single night which changed the course of Kai’s life, one which saw this own childhood roll exchanged for that of an innocent bystander, Peter. Its 19 years since that night. Kai is convinced that Peter has been held captive by his evil mother for all of these years, or did he really die at the waterfall?

What Øie has offered here is a traumatic piece. It’s harrowing in places, with plenty of jumps and scares to keep you on the edge of your seat, with a plot which keeps the viewer wanting knowledge as Øie drip feeds the evidence. There is a nice blend of physical and mental intrigue to the story with reality merging with a history and the inventive mind of the tortured Kai character. It’s beautifully filmed making full use of the amazing wood land and the creepy house with dead dolls and broken toys. The characters are real solid roles, Cecilie A Mosli is perfect as the inspector on the case, whilst Joner offers a brilliant performance and one which will certainly stay with me for a long time to come.  

The title ‘Hidden’ plays with some strong connotations which can be looked into deeply as to childhood memories, physical imprisonment, the character of Peter either in the mind, or within the woods. Its one which will leave you chatting over realities.

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