Oct-Dec 2010 Screenings
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The
(Män som hatar kvinnor)
2010 - Niels Arden Oplev - 152 mins - Denmark/Sweden
Fri 5 Nov 2010 at 8.30 p.m.
MacNamaras Pub, Scarriff
Midnight Court Rating: 5.0 (1 votes)
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Peter Andersson
Storyline: One of the best, least celebrated of Scandinavian movies of the past few years, We Shall Overcome (2006) was set in 1969 in a conventional Danish town where a spirited 13-year-old schoolboy, a radical follower of Martin Luther King, takes on the uphill task of confronting a reactionary headmaster, a sadistic bully whose role as pillar of the community no one dare challenge. Its director, Niels Arden Oplev, must have seemed, ideologically at least, the right person to bring the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of crime novels to the screen, and in the event the producers' bold decision has been amply vindicated.
Faithfully adapted from the first novel (published in Sweden as Män som hatar kvinnor/Men Who Hate Women), the first-rate The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo unites Mikael Blomkvist (the rumpled, charismatic Michael Nyqvist), investigative journalist and editor of the left-wing Stockholm-based journal Millennium, and the abused, bisexual working-class punk Lisbeth Salander (Noomie Rapace), an ace researcher and computer hacker. They're involved in tracking down a rich, elderly business tycoon's niece, who disappeared as a teenager 40 years previously. Their quarry is the white ewe of one of those corrupt, arrogantly rich Scandinavian mercantile dynasties familiar to us from the plays of Ibsen and recent movies such as Festen. The pair don't meet until nearly an hour into the film, by which time their characters are very well established, and together they follow a succession of fascinating biblical and forensic clues that point to the activities of a serial killer, or killers, and put their lives in danger.
The film is packed with the authentic, quirky detail that informs Henning Mankell's Wallander books and the Swedish TV series based on them, though the ultimate pay-off is relatively commonplace. The two leads are immensely attractive and one looks forward to seeing them again in The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (both of which are in the can). Eric Kress's photography is in a fine Scandinavian tradition and the supporting cast includes some highly familiar Swedish and Danish faces. – Philip French, The Observer
Genre: Thriller (18 Cert)
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