The Guilty (Den skyldige)

2017 | Denmark | R | 85 min.


The Lyric Theatre Sun, Jul 22, 2018 7:00 PM
State Theatre Wed, Aug 1, 2018 9:45 PM
Milliken at the Dennos Museum Sat, Aug 4, 2018 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Fiction
Release Year:2017
Runtime:85 min.
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Production Country:Denmark
Original Language:Danish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Gustav Möller
Produced by:Lina Flint
Screenwriter:Gustav Möller
Emil Nygaard Albertsen
Cinematography:Jasper J. Spanning
Editing By:Carla Luffe Heintzelmann
Cast:Jakob Cedergren
Jessica Dinnage
Johan Olsen
Omar Shargawi


This razor-sharp thriller follows police officer Asger Holm, newly demoted and desk-bound, when he gets a panicked phone call from a woman claiming to be kidnapped. When the call is abruptly cut off, Holm must try to piece together what little evidence he has using only his wit and the few resources at hand to find her before the clock runs out. What’s remarkable about this gripping and tightly wound mystery is its beautifully streamlined simplicity. Stripped of the usual gimmicks of car chases and long fight sequences, the film takes place pretty much exclusively in one location with a story that unfolds in real time and rests almost solely on the simmering performance by Jakob Cedergren as Holm. A treat for any suspense fan, this clever and impressive debut feature by Danish filmmaker Gustav Möller is an edge-of-your-seat, heart-racing puzzle that will keep you guessing, and a film that makes those overly-gruesome and over-plotted primetime cop shows look like rookies.