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Flænset (2000): Oslo Syndrome

Flænset (Heini Grünbaum, 2000)

[note: review originally published 1Dec2008]


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Silly and derivative, until it gets nasty and offensive.

Standard slasher fare in which a guy catches his wife cheating on him and goes nuts, killing his wife and her lover, abducting a hitchhiker, and various other events. Not terrible, aside from some less-than-brilliant lighting decisions, until about two-thirds of the way through the movie. There’s a particular sequence of events that happens at that time that fulfills one of the tenets I use for the “patently offensive” test I use on all movies; by definition, the movie gets a zero. (I should also note that the scene may well have triggering effects on some viewers.) There’s not enough to overcome this and make it worth viewing for any other reason, so pass this one up. Not that that’s difficult if you’re American, as the film has never, to the best of my knowledge, been released outside Europe. (zero)

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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