THE GUILTY (2018)
DEN SKYLDIGE
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 85 min, Denmark, Dir: Gustav Möller

The night before he is to be reinstated for active duty, dispatch officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) gets an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. As the line is disconnected, Holm is thrown into a race against time to save the caller, but not everything is what it seems and what he suspects is a kidnapping might be something much, much bigger. One of the big hits out of Sundance, Gustav Möller’s one-location, high-concept thriller set over the course of one night is a brilliant example of how much a terrific actor and a nail-biting script can achieve.


FAMILY PLOT
1976, Universal, 120 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s dazzling, masterful and overlooked final film follows a phony medium (Barbara Harris) and a dim-witted cab driver/out-of-work actor (Bruce Dern) who cross swords with a ruthless, duplicitous criminal couple (William Devane and Karen Black). Greed, kidnappings, jewel heists and car chases ensue.


THE LAST OF THE SIX
LE DERNIER DES SIX
1941, Gaumont, 90 min, France, Dir: Georges Lacombe

When a group of old friends prepares to share their fortunes with one another, their meeting is threatened by a series of mysterious murders. LE DERNIER DES SIX, though directed by Georges Lacombe, shows Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unmistakable hand in shaping the script, setting up the striking oppositions between grim, atmospheric crime scenes and the near-slapstick interactions of Inspector Wems (Pierre Fresnay) with his histrionic, high-maintenance girlfriend (played with flair by Clouzot’s then-girlfriend, Suzy Delair).


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