Producer-turned-director Bente Erichsen's first feature was a detective story based on the true case of Rakel and Jacob Feldmann. The Feldmanns were executed by resistance members who were guiding the couple to the border as they were fleeing occupied Norway in 1942. The film focuses on
the postwar investigation and the trial of the resistance members. Sundquist, playing a young journalist, is skeptical of the killers' claim that the execution was necessary because the Feldmanns were too old and feeble to make the journey, and their condition jeopardized the entire operation. He
uncovers evidence that the wealthy Feldmanns were carrying large amounts of cash with them. He speculates the killers were motivated by greed and possibly anti-Semitism. He is joined by police detective Ousdal on a trip to the small village on the Norwegian border where the incident occurred. For
Ousdal, a former resistance member, the investigation brings back many memories, and rekindles an affair with Rypdal, who has important information relating to the case. The villagers are united in their refusal to cooperate with the investigation, but eventually the killers are brought to trial.
Though Rypdal offers testimony that indicates the killings were not necessary, the evidence is inconclusive and the men are acquitted. The film is not so much concerned with uncovering evil as it is with the liberating power of truth. As the investigation unfolds, long-buried guilt is exposed and
must be confronted. Though ostensibly a mystery, the film breaks with the conventions of the genre to such a degree that it becomes more of a psychological drama. The film is expertly crafted with strong performances by Sundquist and Ousdal.
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- Released: 1987
- Rating: NR
- Review: Producer-turned-director Bente Erichsen's first feature was a detective story based on the true case of Rakel and Jacob Feldmann. The Feldmanns were executed by resistance members who were guiding the couple to the border as they were fleeing occupied Norw… (more)