Well, it certainly deserves credit for combining pensive-existential police procedural with existential philosophy and coming out as interesting as it is - one of the reasons I got caught up in it was the presence of Stellan Skarsgård, whose morally dubious detective character makes for an intriguing anti-hero. Wanders into Michael Mann territory - the cop and the criminal have more in common than they like to admit - and bogs itself down in the middle with painstaking self-analysis (Dumont's L'Humanité it is not), but the first and third acts are delightfully cryptic. I'm still not sure what happened at the beginning, but then I doubt the characters in the movie know either.
Director: Erik SkjoldbjÃ¦rg
Year Released: 1997