Insomnia 1997

Maria Mathiesen, Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal

Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 1997)

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Is Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 1997) my first Norwegian film? As it happened, Norwegian Anders Breivik was on the news just before I saw it, and I kept thinking about him, as he's not competely unlike Stellan Skarsgård. The setting is north of the Arctic Circle, in summer, so the sun never sets. Skarsgård‘s character can't sleep, and is somewhat out of his mind – not unlike Breivik.

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