‘The Guilty’

A tense, riveting claustrophobia of a narrative restricted entirely to one night in a Danish emergency call centre and built around the headset of one operative, Jakob Cedergren (Submarino, Terribly Happy).

Unexpected twists and turns evolve as an abducted woman manages to make an emergency call from the vehicle heading north out of Copenhagen. A police sergeant on suspension, a concerned and flawed Cedergren is superb as the night develops and his earlier convictions and hunches are sorely tested.

Writer/director Gustav Moller, in his debut feature, builds suspense in this taut chamber drama – and, with its running time of 85 minutes, shows confidence in the art of filmmaking. The Guilty won a slew of international awards, including the Audience Award, World Cinema, at Sundance 2018.

Rating: 88%

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