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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: July 22, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New conversation between director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actor Stellan Skarsgård
    • Two short films by Skjoldbjærg: Near Winter (1993) and Close to Home (1994)
    • Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Norwegian, Swedish
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Screenwriting by
Produced by , &

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 123,970
  • UPC: 715515120111
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