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THE GUILTY Directed by Gustav Möller Starring: Jacob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen Hello? Is this Iben? Have you been drinking? Damn it – who is with you? - Jakob A police officer assigned alarm dispatch duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Asger has been demoted to work as a police dispatcher after he had shot a man while on patrol. He claims it was in self-defence and is awaiting the verdict. This is a taut thriller with the action taking place off-screen, allowing our imagination to visualise what is happening when he hears screams and children’s voices and crying. The centre-piece of this dramatic narrative is Asger played by one of the screens finest actors – Swedish-born Jacob Cedergren who is always the focus of our attention. The camera is trained on him the majority of the time and as he gets deeper and deeper into trying to save the woman Iben, from the increasingly horrific things happening to her children and to her by her ex-husband, Asger stays on, so determined is he to help her. Her call has been made from a white van in which her kidnapper is driving and taking her to an unknown destination, which Asger attempts to locate the headed destination and the backtrack to the possible circumstances of her abduction – a trail that leads to a horrifying domestic unrest. Asger’s face becomes a canvas of expressions and his eyes betraying the turmoil of what he is fearing to happen tomorrow with the verdict if all goes against him. It perhaps helps him to divert his concentration by going beyond his call of duty to help and even solve the case of kidnapping before him without realizing how he can get his mojo back.

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