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Babycall

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Babycall

Pal Sletaune (2011)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Writer/director Pal Sletaune's film stars Noomi Rapace (from the original Scandinavian Millennium trilogy) as a single mother who flees her violent ex-partner and hides out in a secret location with her eight-year-old son. However, she begins to hear seemingly murderous noises coming from her new baby monitor and becomes increasingly concerned about her child's strange friendship with a new classmate, not to mention the appearance of blood stains on his drawings. This effective chiller bears more than a passing resemblance to The Baby's Room, Alex de la Iglesia's contribution to the 2006 Spanish TV series Films to Keep You Awake. But, while the premise is neat, its plausibility is severely tested by plot holes that the creepy atmosphere ultimately struggles to fill. It's slicky staged, but only superficially tense.

Summary

A traumatised mother hides out in an apartment block from her abusive husband, and uses a baby monitor to ensure her eight-year-old son is safe. When she hears screams over the device, she must find out where in the building they are coming from - or if she is imagining them. Thriller, starring Noomi Rapace and Kristoffer Joner. In Norwegian, Swedish and English.

Cast & Crew

Anna Noomi Rapace
Helge Kristoffer Joner
Anders Vetle Qvenild Werring
Ole Stig Amdam
Grete Maria Bock
Director Pal Sletaune
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Other Information

Language: Norwegian, Swedish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Soda Pictures Guidance: Violence. Released on: 30 Mar 2012

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