The Guilty is a suspense thriller that doesn’t let go and won’t slow down.
The Danish film chronicles one work night for a call operator on suspension from field duty due to a work-related transgression.
Asger Holm is a dryly funny, sarcastic, disinterested dispatcher who cares little about his temporary job or the people calling in.
But when a woman calls and reports she’d been kidnapped, Holm takes an immediate interest and quests to help the woman and her family from his desk chair.
Using his cell phone, dispatch phone and all his contacts outside the office, Asger desperately tries to solve the case from the call centre, and stop the situation from escalating to murder.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Gustav Möller’s masterpiece is an upsetting, claustrophobic film with a deep sense of urgency.
Jakob Cedergren appears in every scene and literally owns the film, his work and skill on display for every second.
It’s an astounding piece of cinema, and one I won’t soon forget.