The Danish thriller “The Guilty
” is certainly not the first film with a protagonist trapped in a single location: Hitchcock did variations on the theme in “Rear Window
” and “Lifeboat
,” and more recently, characters have been stuck in a phone booth (“Phone Booth
”), a grave (“Buried
”) and a car (“Locke”).
But with Denmark’s 2018 Oscar entry “The Guilty
,” first-time feature director Gustav Möller
has created a crafty cinematic experiment that, for the most part, succeeds on its own terms.
Set in an enclosed room with essentially one actor, and made up entirely of phone conversations, the film employs a full toolbox of cinematic techniques to fashion a complex character study. Lighting, camera angles, production design, editing, and sound effects all conspire to build a mood and contribute to the claustrophobia.
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Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren
) is an irritable narcotics