Hevn (Revenge)

Hevn‘s central character is a mysterious woman named Rebekka (Siren Jørgensen). Rebekka shows up at a tourist hotel in the fjords of Western Norway. She claims to be a journalist for a travel publication who wants to write an article about the hotel. Once she meets the owner, Morten (Frode Winther), and is lodged at the hotel, it is revealed that she was carrying a large kitchen knife in her handbag. The next day she befriends Morten’s wife, Nina (Maria Bock) and she reveals that her teenage sister killed herself as a result of the aftermath of a rape from a man. From that, and from the English tittle, we can easily deduce that the rapist is Morten, and that Rebekka wants to destroy his life. Rebekka soon finds out that he has an other victim in the village, but that the authorities ignored the accusations of rape from the young victim. After all, how could a nice and handsome family man like Morten be a rapist, seems to be the majority opinion of most people in town. As a revenge Norwegian film (actually a Norwegian-Canadian co-production) this is not as bad as it sounds. Weird to say that I had fun despite the topic. There is a lot of clichés, but I was expecting that from a Norwegian thriller. And the least you can say is that the scenery is breathtaking.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Hevn (Revenge)

Directed by:
Kjersti Steinsbø

Screenplay by:
Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Kjersti Steinsbø
Based on Dukken i taket (Doll in the ceiling)
by Ingvar Ambjørnsen

Starring:
Siren Jørgensen
Frode Winther
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Trond Espen Seim
Maria Bock

102 min.

Rated 14A
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In Norwegian with English subtitles.

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