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Bloody Angels

Produced by Tom Remlov. Co-producer, Finn Gjerdrum.

Produced by Tom Remlov. Co-producer, Finn Gjerdrum.

Directed by Karin Julsrud. Screenplay, Kjetil Indegaard. Camera (color), Philip Ogaard; editor, Sophie Hesselberg; music, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Magne Furuholmen. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 14, 1999. Original title: 1732 Hotten. Running time: 99 MIN.

With: Reidar Sorensen, Gaute Skjegstad, Trond Hovik, Laila Goody, Stig Henrik Hoff, Simon Norrthon, Kjersti Holmen, Bjorn Floberg, Bjorn Sundquist.

A crisply made crime thriller that makes excellent use of wintry locations in rural Norway, “Bloody Angels” is filled with sardonic humor and sharp observation and has some limited theatrical and Eurotube potential.

Reidar Sorensen plays a rather unorthodox senior detective from Oslo who’s sent to a redneck backwater to help the local cops investigate two murders. When a girl with Down’s syndrome was discovered raped and killed, the locals suspected a pair of brothers, one of whom has now been found drowned in the local river; the other, still missing, is the chief suspect. The city cop soon discovers he’s in an isolated and inbred community where prejudices run rampant and anyone considered different is likely to wind up a victim. The surviving brother turns up and is promptly imprisoned, but there are plenty of other candidates for the role of killer, including a smarmy priest, a bunch of loudmouths who hang around the bar and some members of the police force. First-time director Karin Julsrud brings a cool approach to the intriguing proceedings.

Bloody Angels

(CRIME DRAMA -- NORWEGIAN)

  • Production: A United Media presentation of a Norsk Film production, in association with Merkurfilm. (International sales: International Pictures, London.)
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