Irish Film Institute -Dragonflies


Director: Marius Holst

Norway| 2002. English subtitles. Colour. Anamorphic. Dolby digital stereo. 109 mins

So elegantly tense and beautifully shot is this Norwegian threehander that it manages to breathe new life into a fairly tired setup: an ex-criminal’s determination to stay straight is sorely tested when a former colleague appears on the scene. The setting is a remote farm, where Eddie and his young wife Maria have retreated. Their peaceful existence is shattered when Eddie’s old friend Kullmann arrives
to dredge up past misadventures and threaten the couple’s relationship. Dragon?ies is based on a story by Nicolaj Frobenius, best known for writing the original Insomnia: this is a similarly moody thriller that pays especially close attention to the atmospheres of a very speci?c and remote rural landscape. Frobenius and co-writer and director Marius Holst combine gentle homage to the noir classic Out of the Past with elements from Polanski’s Knife in the Water and Cul-de-sac.

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