In Order of Disappearance (SIFF 2014)

The comparison with Fargo is a good starting place for describing In Order of Disappearance, but it’s a completely different movie, so you’ll definitely want to see it. This is a tale of vengeful justice at it’s finest set in the stark, snowy vistas of a remote area of Norway. It starts innocently enough, with a father searching out the truth behind his son’s death, but the tangled web of relationships (and murders) that follows is what makes this such a stand-out film. One of my favorites from the festival this year and definitely a must-see for anyone who appreciates dark comedy.

Provided Film Synopsis
Dirty Harry meets Fargo in this dark Norwegian crime comedy. Swedish émigré Nils drives a snowplow, endlessly clearing the roads in a remote, northern winter paradise. Life is good, and he’s just been presented with the town’s “Citizen of the Year” award when he receives news that his son has died from an apparent heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils soon uncovers evidence of the young man’s murder—a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as “The Count,” and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner’s luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates into a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiraling ever higher and higher. As Nils, Stellan Skarsgård gives a wonderfully nuanced comic performance while director Hans Petter Moland delivers a ruthlessly hilarious film with an uncompromising mixture of violent thrills and volatile laughs.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Hans Petter Moland
  • Cast Members:

    • Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
    • Bruno Ganz
    • Jakob Oftebro
    • Pål Sverre Hagen
    • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Countries:

    • Norway
  • Languages:

    • Norwegian
    • Serbian
    • Swedish
  • Genres:

    • Black Comedy
    • Drama