Film Comment Selects 2012

Headhunters

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Headhunters
Hodejegerne | Morten Tyldum, 2011
Norway | Format: Digital | 101 minutes

A twisty, fast-paced thriller (adapted from Jo Nesbø's crackling novel) that unexpectedly changes gears and gets tough around the halfway mark. Slick, charming corporate recruitment specialist Roger (Aksel Hennie in a breakout performance) leads a double life as an art thief—mainly in order to support the standard of living to which his art-dealer trophy wife Diana (Synnøve Macody Lund) has become accustomed. At five foot four, Roger suffers slightly from a little-man complex, so although he loves his wife (who really only wants to have a child) he’s not averse to a bit on the side and can be sickeningly smug. But Roger gets much more than he bargained for when he steals a lost Rubens painting from the home of Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a candidate for a high-powered job Roger is recruiting for and an old friend of Diana’s. Sheer fun, even when it turns down and dirty, Headhunters is a directorial tour de force that heralds the arrival of an exciting new talent—and it’ll will keep you guessing all the way to its finale.

Series: Film Comment Selects 2012

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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