Insomnia

Synopsis: In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle, a Swedish murder investigator is brought in to find an elusive killer. But when the officer accidentally kills his own partner and covers it up, a double sided game of cat-and-mouse ensues.
Director(s): Erik Skjoldbjærg
Production: Norsk Film
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
97%
NOT RATED
Year:
1997
96 min
828 Views


This is the captain speaking.

We're just now passing the

Arctic Circle which means

we're in the Land of the

Midnight Sun.

Please, sit still.

-What about your suitcase?

-Probably on its way to Murmansk.

-What is it like in the winter?

-The opposite, completely dark.

Take it easy.

-The light was red.

-lt was green.

Yes, of course it was green.

My memory fails me.

ls everything all right?

-What about her clothes?

-She was naked.

-Nothing else?

-Just a necklace and two earrings.

-Where are they?

-They've been checked.

You'll have a preliminary

report tomorrow.

Where are they?

You came quickly.

What do you know

about the case?

She left a party in the middle

of the night, Saturday.

Found at the garbage dump

Did she have a record?

Did you know her?

No...

But l saw her sometimes.

-Where?

-She lived in an apartment nearby.

Let's take a look.

We won't find anything, Tom.

He's even washed her hair.

Her hands and nails

were scrubbed too.

-Perfectionist.

-Even the best makes mistakes.

-How did you get here before us?

-Vacation... l have family here.

The police in Stockholm raided

an apartment building.

They stormed in fully armed.

He sat up in bed and shouted...

That's when they recognized him.

The chief inspector?

ln a very intimate conversation

with the main witness.

Take your time.

-When did they meet?

-9 months ago.

Right after she moved to town.

They were together all the time.

They had an argument that night.

-Does he have an alibi?

-Not for late that night.

-Where did she get money?

-Grants...

Her parents are dead.

Dolce & Gabbana!

At least 6000 kroners.

She didn't need this.

Maybe it was exactly

what she needed.

-What do you mean?

-Boosts your self-confidence.

You need that when you're 17.

At least l did.

Don't forget this.

We'll call a press conference when

we have something to tell you.

He might have followed her

from the party.

An argument lead to a fight.

He panicked.

This murder is no accident.

lt's been carried out

with too much knowledge.

You might be right about that...

What knowledge?

The way all clues

have been removed.

l'm glad you're here.

l'm told you are good.

When did you last see her...

Eilert?

-lt's in the report.

-Yes, but l want you to tell me.

-At the party.

-Can you move over a bit?

These rooms are too small.

-What did you do at the party?

-The usual.

Drinking... Dancing... Partying.

Your friends told us different.

-What did they say?

-What do you think?

l don't know.

They're not my friends.

-Oh... why not?

-Because they're lying.

-What?

-They're lying!

Why are they lying?

-Were you Tanja's boyfriend?

-Yes.

-Nice girl.

-Tanja left the party...

...at a quarter past two.

Did you follow her?

-No.

-When did you leave then?

l stayed on for a while,

and then l went home.

Did Tanja like other men

to look at her?

Listen... l don't understand

f***in' Swedish.

Me neither.

You got jealous. You argued,

and she ran off to someone else.

Bullshit.

Her clothes...

Do you know how much they cost?

She couldn't afford them...

and neither could you.

She saw someone else.

He gave her gifts.

Maybe she needed his attention?

You weren't enough, Eilert.

-Who did she go to?

-l don't know.

Come on.

Let's get this over with.

She went to some guy.

l don't know who he is.

-How do you know?

-l just found out.

How do you know?

Coffee?

l'm so fed up with

reviving dead people.

-lt's what you make of it.

-No, it isn't.

You should've seen her clothes.

At least 60 dresses!

l once met a woman

with 50 pairs of shoes.

-What did she want them for?

-l have no idea.

Let's get this job

done quickly, Erik.

Oh... are we in a rush?

l applied for a job in Norway.

Not North Norway.

-l've been here before.

-l know.

-You do?

-Yes, you told me about it.

A post office robbery

in the spring of 1972.

Please don't knock on the counter.

-ClD.

-And...?

Engstrom and Vik.

l thought maybe

l'd done something wrong.

Talk to him about that.

You must see a lot of

weird things.

-Working for the police, l mean.

-We see a lot of pretty things too.

Don't flirt with me.

-l'm on duty.

-So are we.

When you've been a policeman

long enough, nothin's weird.

Your luggage arrived before you.

Good.

l've nearly been here before.

lt reminds me of a hotel

on the west cost

where we stay

when we visit my in-laws.

One morning we woke up

with a couple standing in our room.

l tried to get rid of them

but they insist that

it's their room.

Eva got really upset.

Yes. They insist

that it's their room...?

Room?

What interests did she have?

What dreams?

Who did she associate with?

Who did she want

to associate with?

Which teachers did she like

and dislike?

Which boys did she like?

Or maybe she didn't like?

Everything is equally important.

lt's absurd that Tanja is gone.

lt's hard to understand that

she won't be sitting here tomorrow.

Or next week...

Some of you like Tanja,

and some of you hated her

but none of you

will ever see her again...

Because she is dead... murdered.

What did she want?

-Who?

-Hagen.

What is it with you and Hagen?

Nothing.

The body of a 17 year old...

What did she want?

They've found Tanja's backpack.

-When did you find the bag?

-Two hours ago.

Outside an old shed near

the dump. Some kids found it.

-Why isn't Tom here?

-He's finished.

He's already checked it

for finger...

Where is he?

On his way to the shed.

Stop him.

Find out who she went

to the movies with.

Astrid, maybe the staff

remember something.

The Moment. Jon Holt...

''Pia falls in love with Thomas,

''but thinks he's hiding

something from her.

''A voice inside Pia's head

tells her

''how to get rid of the problem.''

Anyone here

read crime novels?

Yes.

Nobody goes near the shed.

lf the perpetrator thinks the

bag may reveal him,

he'll come and get it.

lt was the same school bag

the murdered Tanja Lorentzen

had with her when she left

the party on Sunday morning.

lt's not been found.

lf you see or find such a bag,

then please contact the police.

lt may contain clues which will

lead us to Tanja's killer.

Maybe he doesn't watch TV.

Oh, yes. There's nothing else

to do around here.

Am l upsetting you?

You probably hear

jokes like that all the time.

No.

He's here.

Wait till he picks up the bag,

then we follow him. Quietly.

Freeze! Police!

He went into the shed.

Let's get him.

You can't get anywhere now.

Please come out.

Zakariassen! Down to the sea,

and follow the waterline.

Erik, you take the hillside,

and when you reach the bay,

you go left.

Here... here... here...

-Which way did he go?

-There...

You said to the right...

You said to the right.

Then l found Zakariassen

laying between the stones and...

He pointed. l ran

in the direction he pointed.

Then l saw a figure

disappear behind a stone...

Then l slipped. l heard a shot,

and saw him running towards me.

First he shoots Vik, and then

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Nikolaj Frobenius

Nikolaj Frobenius (born September 29, 1965) is a Norwegian novelist and screen writer. Frobenius was born in Oslo, but grew up at Rykkinn. He studied film writing and research at LCP, London. He has written several books and screenplays, including the screenplay for the classic Nordic film thriller Insomnia, which was adapted into a major Hollywood production in 2002. His international breakthrough as a novelist came with the novel "Latours katalog" (1996). His books have been translated into eighteen languages, including English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Danish. His novels have received critical acclaim both in Norway and internationally, and he has won several literary prizes for his writing. Nikolaj Frobenius is a former editor of the periodical Vinduet and worked as a commissioning editor for Norsk filmfond from 2005-2008. Frobenius has written several successful screenplays, including Dragonfly (2001). In 2011 he adapted his own novel, the semi-autobiograhical "Teori og praksis" into the film "Sønner av Norge" (Sons of Norway). He lives and writes in Oslo. more…

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