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|Original title:||Intrigo – Death of an Author|
|Genre:||Thriller, Mystery, Drama|
|Production country:||Schweden/Deutschland/USA 2018|
|Running time:||Approx. 106 min.|
Up-and-coming writer David (Benno Fürmann) seeks out reclusive bestselling author Henderson (Ben Kingsley) for advice on a story. In it, a man learns that his wife wants to leave him for someone else, someone she is even pregnant with. Blinded by jealousy, the man devises a perfidious plan. Henderson is very taken with the twist in the story that now follows, but also realizes that David has told him his own story here. Now a cat-and-mouse game begins between the two authors, in which some more secrets are brought to light - but for what reason?
Intrigo - Death of an Author is based on a short novel written by the Swedish bestselling author Håkan Nesser some twenty years ago. The story is part of a newly compiled collection of short novels by the author, from which director Daniel Alfredson has adapted three stories for cinema. Alfredson, who had already filmed two novels of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy in a row, deliberately chose the great challenge of making three inherently completely different films simultaneously. <link https: www.frankfurt-tipp.de kino s film intrigo-tod-eines-autors-benno-fuermann-und-co-zu-gast-in-frankfurt.html _blank>You can read more about it HERE in the interview.
The film tells a cleverly interlaced story of guilt, atonement and revenge. It's a duel between two liars, with it never quite clear which of the two has the upper hand at any given moment. Deliberately, the whole thing was kept in bright pictures, untypical for the genre, which at times feign a real idyll. This forms a stark contrast to the inner life of the protagonists. It's an exciting and involving story, told with a restraint and slowness that you have to engage with in order for any real tension to emerge.
Benno Fürmann plays the elusive character, whose reprehensible actions are nevertheless somehow understandable, very convincingly. This is particularly evident in two quite intense scenes, which Fürmann handles with bravura. Ben Kingsley, on the other hand, plays very routinely and almost a little bored, although this can certainly be seen as a deliberate move on the part of his character Henderson. For he wears a mask, but behind it it bubbles enormously - what he wants to reveal David but at any price.
Intrigo - Death of an Author is thriller and psychogram at the same time. A good, but also somewhat tough film, which can be recommended to lovers of calmer thriller fare. Worth seeing
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