When police officer Asger Holm is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. As the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear, Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears, as the ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. The Guilty scored a remarkable 99% among Rotten Tomatoes top critics and is Denmark’s submission to the Best Foreign Film category for this year’s Oscars.
“Like the best podcasts and radio plays, the stripped-down Danish thriller The Guilty paints such vivid pictures with words that, afterward, we’re not exactly sure what we saw and what was merely imagined. Imagination, though, is so rarely asked of movie audiences these days that the daring of the first-time feature director, Gustav Moller, can hardly be overstated.” — Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“The Guilty is smartly constructed and tautened with regular twists, but, if it were merely clever, it wouldn’t test your nerves as it does.” — Anthony Lane, New Yorker
“It turns its cramped, claustrophobic confines not only into a virtue, but its biggest white-knuckle strength.” — Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
Gustav Möller (screenplay), Emil Nygaard Albertsen (screenplay)
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen