AKA: De Usynlige
Directed by: Erik Poppe
Starring: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen (Jan Thomas Hansen), Ellen Dorrit Petersen (Anna), Trine Dyrholm (Agnes)
Country: Norway; Effed Up European Movies
Language: Norwegian (Eng Subs); Effed Up Scandinavian Films
Genres: Religion, Old-Young, Teenagers-Kid, Kidnapping, Misery-Depressing
Plot – Spoilers:
What do you do when you are told you should feel guilty about something you feel you don’t need to feel guilty about, and yet, you feel guilty anyway.
As a teenager, Jan and his friend kidnapped a little boy who ended up dead. Their motivation might have been petty theft, boredom or something more malicious. We don’t know and it appears, neither does Jan. He’s released earlier than his buddy for being in the good books of the church chaplain and finds a job as a church organist in the outside world.
As Jan tries to wade through his new world of shackled freedom, you as the viewer, like him, are suspicious of everyone and how much they know about his past. A female pastor who sees everything that can’t be remedied as being part of God’s plan, takes an interest in Jan who struggles to reciprocate because she has a young boy, about the same age as the kid he’d kidnapped. And so, Jan lugs himself around like a scab, wary of anyone that might pick at him and peel open the wound he’s so terrified to look at.