Babycall

  • 15
  • Pal Sletaune (2011)
  • Nor / Ger / Swe (SUB)
  • 96 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot 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 and crew

Cast

Anna
Noomi Rapace
Helge
Kristoffer Joner
Anders
Vetle Qvenild Werring
Ole
Stig Amdam
Grete
Maria Bock

Crew

Director
Pal Sletaune

Other Information

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