Film Review – The Exception (2019)

Simmering to the point of exhaustion by the final frame, this intriguing Danish suspense character study purposely begins slow in order to let proceedings unveil with prosperity.

Four amazing women in their own particular way are employees of Copenhagen based investigation unit of human rights and humanitarian crimes from history into current perpetrators. Two of the employees receive death threats via email with the consensus it may be a Serbian war criminal they have been researching, however loopholes in the situation arise and they begin to suspect each other.

Malene (Amanda Colin) and Iben (Danica Curcic) are friends outside of work also, Camilla (Lene Maria Christensen) a kind of secretary to the group, wrestles with a secret past, whilst Anne-Lise (Sidse Babett Knudsen) the most detached from her colleagues due to partial in house bullying and alienation directed towards her.

Anne-Lise is the point of suspicion until twists and turns take gripping matters further into play.

In the mix of office disorder, Iben, whom recently escaped captivity whilst working in Africa, is having PTSD flashbacks and optical illusions.

Serious arthritis sufferer Malena also deals with a relationship breakdown. Strong performances all round, Amanda Colin constantly mesmerises and in particular dressed as a cat burglar in one pivotal scene.

The four talented actors have solidarity in many, confrontational circumstances.

Based on a popular novel by Christian Jungersen, The Exception, remains a mind testing adaptation, sharp psychological thriller throughout, so to say much more would be remiss of me to spoil any gestating tingles.

★★★


World Cinema, Thriller | Denmark, 2019 | 15 | Digital HD | 22nd January 2021 (UK) | Parkland Entertainment | Dir. Jesper W. Nielsen | Danica Curcic, Amanda Collin, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Lene Maria Christensen

 

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