THE WEEKEND IS HARDEST TO SOLVE TWO KEY THINGS: what to cook and what to see. So that you do not rush for a long time, sorting through the lists of the best by genre, author or year, we have compiled a recipe for the perfect vacation. Here are five dark yet gripping Scandinavian thrillers to watch while wrapped in a blanket.
Cool and effective thriller by Eric Schöldbjerg. In Tromsø, located in the Arctic Circle, a young girl is killed. Two detectives come to investigate the case, one of whom (as always excellent Stellan Skarsgård) accidentally kills the other during a raid, but blames the suspect who managed to escape for everything. Soon, guilt begins to strongly affect his psyche, and the wanted killer turns out to be the only one who is aware of his secret. The film was later re-shot in English by Christopher Nolan with Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank in the lead roles. Nevertheless, the original, at least visually, now seems more inventive and atmospheric. The soundtrack for the film was written by a rather prominent electronic musician Geir Jenssen.
Roger, a successful corporate headhunter, is equally adept at stealing art. By chance, he meets the entrepreneur Klas (Nikolai Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones), who allegedly has a wildly expensive painting by Rubens. Having turned the theft, Roger soon finds out that his victim is not so defenseless and seems to be pursuing his own goals. The Bounty Hunters are based on the novel by Jo Nesbø, one of the most successful thriller and detective novelists in Norway. If you calmly take an overtly lurid plot (Rubens, nanotechnology, corporate espionage), then you end up with a moderately stylish, funny, tense and sometimes dashingly cruel thriller. The film's director Morten Tildum recently directed The Imitation Game starring Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.
A screen adaptation of one of the books by the popular Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason about the sad inspector Erlendur. In The Quagmire, he investigates the murder of a man, which he believes is connected with the death of a little girl thirteen years ago. In parallel, the scientist, whose five-year-old daughter died of a genetic disease, begins to unravel his own tangle of secrets and conspiracies. "Bog" is a calm, gloomy-looking, but not without its share of black humor, a thriller with a much simpler plot than it seems at first glance, but beautifully filmed and well played. The film was directed by Baltasar Kormakur, author of 101 Reykjavik and Everest.
Last year's Norwegian thriller about sophisticated revenge. A thirteen-year-old girl commits suicide after being raped. Then her sister, posing as a journalist for a travel magazine, meets her rapist, a prosperous family man living in a small town, and begins to gradually destroy his life. A detached, coldly ironic thriller about women's revenge, based on the novel by the writer Ingvar Ambjornsen. One of the main advantages of the film is the strong and memorable appearance of the young actress Siren Jorgensen.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A screen adaptation of the first part of the "Millennium" trilogy by Stig Larsson, released after the death of the writer and journalist himself, but has become an international phenomenon. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist makes an enemy in the face of a large businessman and is removed from the profession. Then he accepts the offer of another rich man to sort out the mystery of the disappearance of his sister many years ago, as well as the intricacies of the relationship of his numerous and extremely unpleasant relatives. Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), an injured and insanely talented hacker, soon joins the case.The American film adaptation of the same book, perhaps, hits the head harder in purely aesthetic terms, but the Swedish version works in many ways better as a thriller, which David Fincher was clearly too lazy to shoot.
Photos: Insomnia - Norsk Film, Headhunters - Yellow Bird, Jar City - Bavaria Pictures, Hevn - Euforia Film AS, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Yellow Bird