New York Times - 05/29/1998
"...[A] subtly unsettling film....[The] understated, elliptical direction keeps the material dangerous and volatile..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/05/1998
"...A work of style and irony with a strong sense of mood and atmosphere It's virtually flawless as it builds inexorably to a finish that is as impossible to predict as it is satisfying..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2003
"...Skjoldbjaerg makes excellent use of the austere landscapes and oppressive grey light and also elicits an exceptional performance from Skarsgaard..."
Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (BREAKING THE WAVES, GOOD WILL HUNTING) gives a compelling performance as Jonas Engstrom, an exiled Swedish city detective working in Norway who travels to the small coastal town of Tromso in order to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. When he makes a fatal mistake in the investigation, however, his own conscience, coupled with the insomnia caused by the 24-hour summer sunlight of northernmost Norway, sets Engstrom on the path to insanity. Director Erik Skjoldbjaerg creates palpable tension in this strong, subtle film.
Swedish detective Jonas Engstrom is working out of the Norwegian city of Oslo after being transferred following an indiscretion with a witness. When he finds himself investigating the murder of a young woman just beyond the Arctic Circle in the gray Norwegian coastal town of Tromso, sunlight, fog, the 24-hour sunlight, and suspicious locals conspire to push Engstrom to the edge of sanity. A lack of sleep, questionable ethics, and a fatal mistake in his investigative procedure cause this lonely outsider to battle himself as much as the locals in his fight to solve the case.