Nattevagten (1994)

Nattevagten (1994, DAN) C-107m. *** D: Ole Bornedal. Starring Nikolaus Coster-Waldau, Sofie Grabol, Kim Bodnia, Lotte Andersen, Ulf Pilgaard. Superb thriller about law student Coster-Waldau, who takes up job as a night watchman in a mortuary (gulp!) and must contend with eerie atmosphere and morbid jokes of his buddy Bodnia. However, there's a real serial killer on the loose in Oslo, which inspector Pilgaard is trying to catch. First-rate exercise in suspense, all the more impressive as this was Bornedal's debut feature. He sort-of undermined this great film with the mediocre Hollywood remake in 1998 (which slowed down his career). Score is excellent. The director also scripted. English title: NIGHTWATCH.


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