Director Berit Nesheim’s first feature since the Academy Award-nominated “The Other Side of Sunday” is a thriller with a difference, based on a recent Norwegian bestseller, that works on most levels. New to the genre, Nesheim paints a portrait of a young woman who makes a wrong decision and quickly becomes entangled in a web of deceit and escalating violence. Pic has a couple of action setpieces that are competently handled, but the director seems more secure when dealing with lower-key emotional confrontations.
Eva (Andrine Saether) is a divorcee in her 30s with a young daughter. While out walking, the pair discovers a man’s corpse in a river, and, instead of phoning the police, Eva calls her father to ask him how he is. When the police start investigating what turns out to be a murder, they soon discover Eva didn’t report the body — and wonder why. Movie is aided by excellent playing from Saether and also by Bjorn Sundquist’s perf as a sympathetic cop. Sundquist has since encored the role in a TV series based on another book by the same author.