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Eva’s Eye

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.

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With: Andrine Saether, Bjorn Sundquist, Gisken Armand, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Linda Tomine Coles, Svein Roger Karlsen, Marius Son-strod, Henrik Scheele, Dennis Storhoi, Rune Hekkelstrand, Kristin Kajander, Lasse Kolsrud, Sven Nordin, Per Egil Aske.

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.

Eva's Eye

(NORWAY-DENMARK)

Production: A Northern Camera (color), Erling Thurmann-Andersen; editor, Inge-Lise Langfeldt; music, Geir Bohren, Bent Aserud; art director, Billy Johansson; costume designer , Torkil Ranum. Reviewed at Gothenburg Film Festival, Feb. 1, 2000. Original title: Evas oye. Running time: 90 MIN.

Crew: Lights, NRK (Norway)/Nordisk Film (Denmark) production. (International sales: Nordisk Film, Copenhagen.) Produced by Axel Helgeland. Directed, written by Berit Nesheim, based on the novel by Karin Fossum.

With: With: Andrine Saether, Bjorn Sundquist, Gisken Armand, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Linda Tomine Coles, Svein Roger Karlsen, Marius Son-strod, Henrik Scheele, Dennis Storhoi, Rune Hekkelstrand, Kristin Kajander, Lasse Kolsrud, Sven Nordin, Per Egil Aske.With: Andrine Saether, Bjorn Sundquist, Gisken Armand, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Linda Tomine Coles, Svein Roger Karlsen, Marius Sonstrod, Henrik Scheele, Dennis Storhoi, Rune Hekkelstrand, Kristin Kajander, Lasse Kolsrud, Sven Nordin, Per Egil Aske.

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