Den Osynlige (The Invisible)

2002

Den Osynlige (The Invisible)

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Released stateside as The Invisible, directors Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist's film weaves a dark tale of the supernatural concerning a high school student's spiritual limbo as he hovers between life and death. Though he's a bright young student with a promising future, Nicklas (Gustaf Skarsgård) sometimes feels invisible due to the stratospherically high expectations of his demanding mother. Brutally beaten on his way to school one morning following a minor misunderstanding, Nicklas arrives at school the following day only to find that he has literally become invisible. As police begin their investigation into his murder, the frightened Nicklas can do little but observe.

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  • Dec 24, 2009
    This very good movie..I see the simular to ghost in this one.Released stateside as The Invisible, directors Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist's film weaves a dark tale of the supernatural concerning a high school student's spiritual limbo as he hovers between life and death. Though he's a bright young student with a promising future, Nicklas (Gustaf Skarsgård) sometimes feels invisible due to the stratospherically high expectations of his demanding mother. Brutally beaten on his way to school one morning following a minor misunderstanding, Nicklas arrives at school the following day only to find that he has literally become invisible. As police begin their investigation into his murder, the frightened Nicklas can do little but observe.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2009
    A dark and gripping drama that's both down-to-earth and supernatural. Innovative plot that could've been executed in a better way, with less clichés and stereotypes. Pretty good acting, music and photography.
    Stefan P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2008
    "<i>I haven't much time Left. I'm dying and you're the only one who can help me.</i>" Sweden, cold land of high prices for alcohol and eternal social peace. The image of Sweden (and Nordic countries in general) has changed in Europe and, to some extent, the world in the last decade not only since the murders of politicians started to be in the news very often, but especially since violence in schools (a theme very present in <i>The Invisible</i>, other than the supernatural) became an "issue." <a href="http://s172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/?action=view¤t=Denosynlige2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w25/EarthlyAlien/Denosynlige2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> I think Scandinavian (i.e: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish) cinema's unpopularity among the global, commercial film circuit is due to its own DNA: always somber, moody and cold. As opposed to the cream of European Film (made in France, Germany, Spain and Italy), the films made up there rarely surprise people, rarely go places we want to be taken, rarely break the conventions of the time. <i>The Invisible</i> is one of those few that do. It's a splendid achievement by the team of directors Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist - in their first full-length film - that manages to successfully blend supernatural drama and social commentary with striking results. Bergvall and Sandquist got an Academy Award nomination in '99 in the short film category, for <i>Victor</i>, also on the grave theme of death. <i>The Invisible</i> is based on a novel by the Swedish writer Mats Wahl, a mighty storyteller. And this story is indeed mighty. A high school senior, Niklas (Gustaf Skarsgård, Stellan's son), who likes to write poetry but finds himself bound by his mother's high and misguided expectations, is beaten up brutally, due to a misunderstanding, by a troubled, delinquent girl (Tuva Novotny) of his age, and left for dead on his last week of school. When he comes to school the next day, he finds that everybody ignores him, as if he had become invisible. Soon, he realizes that he really is. This slight ingredient of the paranormal, makes the story rise to a mythical magnitude, and the film makers, as well as the actors, manage to keep it there, to explore the grand perspectives suddenly appearing. Still, the very concrete psychological drama continues, and intensifies. And it all amounts to one formidably gripping experience, not easily forgotten. There are, of course, unavoidable echoes of <i>Sixth Sense</i> and a number of other films about the mysterious borderland between life and death, and the necessity for our lives to reach some kind of conclusion, some kind of harmony, before passing on. If searching for them, one can find some small weaknesses - like the unnecessary presence of a gun, or the inability of the dialogue to deal with those profound existential questions - but that's easily forgotten in the very touching and beautiful whole of the film, and more so after its uncompromising and magnificent ending. A truly amazing experience.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer

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