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3.9 out of 5 stars
Next Door [2006] [DVD]
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on 13 September 2010
John(Kristoffer Joner) is recovering from an acrimonious break up with his ex-girlfriend Ingrid(Anna Bache-Wiig). He sort of exists rather than lives in his apartment until one day his neighbour(Cecilie A. Mosli) asks him to come and do a favour for her next door. John reluctantly agrees. Then, the neighbour called Anne returns to ask another favour. Could John possibly come and sit with her sister Kim whilst she goes out for a few minutes. John makes the mistake of agreeing to help again as soon he finds himself sucked into a nightmare world where nothing is as it seems and the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred.
This excellent little psychological horror is a chilling treat, an example of sometimes less is more, as the claustrophobic interiors of the two apartments transform into very sinister, almost otherworldly places. There is of course a very important reason for this, but not one I shall reveal here.
The conversations between John, and the two sisters, if they are indeed sisters, are laced with barb wire, with every seemingly innocuous comment carrying a hidden threat. The distorted passages that take place in the second half of the film are made all the more frightening by the fact that John always seems one step ahead of the audience, with the camera almost afraid to follow him around the corner to reveal yet another atrocity. I think the viewer will share the cameras reticence.
The performances are uniformially excellent with Julia Schacht probably the standout as the unhinged Kim. The film itself is a real triumph and I would recommend it to everybody who enjoys slightly murky and intelligent psychological horrors. Highly recommended. 5 out of 5
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on 19 March 2013
Dont watch this last thing at night or if you happen to live in a flat alone , this is just the old school horror than america cannot do any more [ note there are no knives out of walls or ghosts of teenagers or talking dolls. Just a man who is struggling now his girl friend has left him and 2 odd women who have moved next door . Yes the violence is hard to watch [ it is only a film I kept saying to my partner ] and I wouldnt class the sex as erotic although is ott packing a punch . But the twists and the turns and the psychological stuff was brilliant . Very Polanski repulsion . To me a real classic , so many films I watch , sleep and next morning cant remember , not this one , we talked about it all day . Plus it stars Michael Nyquist [ original dragons tattoo] and he is always good to watch . If you are a fan of scandi dont let the horror tag put you off this is quality scarey .Watch now before the remake staring Nicole Kidman and Zak Effron and Richard Gere [ joke ] .
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on 7 April 2010
A very good Norwegian psychological thriller about a man in the midst of personal crisis and emotional upheaval and his encounters with the increasingly bizarre two women who live next door to him. Really well filmed and I didn't think there was a dull moment in all of its admittedly slim running time.
The portrayal of the lone man was very good indeed, balancing vulnerability and detachment from reality with the whole spectrum of human emotions of someone in turmoil. Likewise the two women next door were sexy, provocative and scary in turn with an inordinate interest and knowledge of the mans circumstances and psyche which lent an effectively sinister edge to the proceedings.
The subtext to the film and a lot of the imagery were done with some style and the Polanski/Lynch comparisons aren't far wrong though perhaps it was maybe more Polanski-ish given the thematic storyline at its heart.
Certainly recommended. There are scenes towards the latter end of the film depicting quite explicit violence towards both women and men (not too explicit to horror fans I should add) but if psychological thrillers are your bag this European offering is refreshing in its approach and better than a lot of similar English language efforts.
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on 21 May 2017
This was different. I've seen so many films that started off well, then ran out of steam. This one didn't look promising at the beginning but got better and better. Now that I know what eventually happens, I'll enjoy the whole film the next time I watch it.
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on 24 April 2011
I described this film to a new work colleague and as I spoke I realised just how strange he thought I was. I realised it even more the next day when he said '& you go home at night to watch screwed up porn'.
There are needless to say some disturbing scenes in this film & a very strong focus on sex. However there is also a story, twists & plenty to make you want to see what happens next.
I have watched disturbing films before for example serbian film which includes incest, newborn porn, gay rape etc but found this film just as disturbing to watch. Infact it probably had more impact due to the way it is filmed which does leave you asking yourself 'do people really enjoy that sort of thing??'
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on 27 June 2011
A startling Scandinavian thriller that ends up being nowhere near as straightforward as I expected it to be when I read the description. It turns into a twisted Lynchian nightmare that pulls no punches with its narrative, and was one of the best DVDs I saw in 2010. Hopefully this marks director Pål Sletaune out as a major talent to watch and I'm thoroughly looking forward to Babycall.
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on 12 September 2014
Weird but kept me glued to the screen. will have to watch again as I didn't quite understand it, Mulholland Drive was just as opaque.
Subtitle so if you can't read, don't bother, I enjoy watching stuff that isn't the usual USA formula
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on 3 December 2016
Excellent suspense movie- will keep you on your toes
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on 1 November 2014
Brilliant film. Messes with the mind completely!!
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on 4 July 2015
Sad...but deep
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