One more set of nonHollywood films for the crime fans out there. Three of these go back to 1997, and one is more recent. They come from Russia, Norway, Spain, and England.
Crime and chaos are the new normal, and with a sang froid learned as a fighting soldier, he thrives in an atmosphere of violence. Whether in a kill-or-be-killed struggle against guerrillas in Chechnya or the gang-style world of life on the home front, it’s all the same. Bodrov is a brooding and intense presence on screen. The son of director Sergei Bodrov, he was working in a film by his father in 2002, when he was killed in a rock slide.
Engström covers up a fatal error, which leads to even further complications, since the suspect has been a witness. Unable to sleep, he falls victim to the endless days of a far-north summer, where there is no relief in darkness for a guilty conscience. Directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg.
Meanwhile, his apparent nemesis is a young man who has served time for the shooting that crippled him and is now out of prison and settling old scores, which involves romancing two strategically selected married women. It's sexual melodrama in the style of James M. Cain.
Sean Harris and Maxine Peake play the psychopathic killers, and the story of the film focuses on the efforts over two years during the 1960s to identify and track them down. Living testament to the banality of evil, they were eventually turned in by Hindley’s brother-in-law. The film leaves depictions of their atrocities to the imagination, but it’s still bloody chilling. Director, Christopher Menaul.
All are available at netflix.
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