The Guilty

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Denmark’s Official Selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award!

Innovative and claustrophobic, this crackerjack Danish thriller creates terrific tension and suspense. Disgraced former street cop Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren), demoted to desk work, is manning the emergency call center, where he expects a sleepy beat. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a woman kidnapped by her troubled ex-husband.

“A pulse-pounding, twisty crime thriller that masterfully ratchets up tension with chillingly effective results.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

The woman disconnects abruptly, but Asger springs into action. Confined to the call center, forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear, he uses every bit of his intuition and skill to try to find and save her, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This unique and unrelenting thriller uses a single location to great effect, building an almost unbearable tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. First-time director/co-writer Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the call center, while Cedergren’s powerful performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm’s tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mind-space. (Dir. by Gustav Möller, 2018, Denmark, in Danish with English subtitles, 85 mins., Not Rated)