This week sees the return to the Swedish language for one of the country’s most acclaimed filmmakers; Lasse Hallström, the director of Oscar nominated Swedish feature My Life As A Dog (1985) . The Hypnotist, his first Swedish film since 1986, is a dark murder investigation with an added dose of psychology. After a sadistic murderer kills the parents of a young family, Inspector Joona Linna decides to take an alternative approach to the case.
With the son now in safe hands, Linna employs a hypnotist who they hope will be able to unlock the location of his surviving sisters, who is currently missing. Utilizing this unusual method, the police hope to find the girl before the murderer does.
Based upon the novel of the same name by Lars Kepler, The Hypnotist stars veteran Swedish stars Tobias Zilliacus, Mikael Persbrandt and Lena Olin. Director Lasse Hallström is perhaps better known for his American features which Chocolat (2000), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) The Cider House Rules (1999) plus the Oscar nominated Swedish feature My Life As A Dog (1985) but this dark and gripping thriller is a welcome return to his native tongue.
The Hypnotist is now available to own on DVD. Purchase your copy here.