Jägarna (The Hunters)

1996

Jägarna (The Hunters)

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Taut, moody and intensely violent (by Swedish standards) this action-packed Swedish thriller was filmed in a snowy northern village and centers on a cop's attempts to stop the slaughter of Laplanders' reindeer by greedy locals. Erik is that policeman. After working many years for the Stockholm police, he returns to his home village to live with his younger brother Leif and work in the local police department. Erik is angered to hear that the Laplander reindeer are being killed by a gang and that the town cops are ignoring the problem. He decides to single-handedly bring the killers to justice. Things get complicated when he learns that Leif is their ring leader. As Erik works to stop them, real violence erupts in the village until the exciting climax when Erik and Leif engage in a final face-off. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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  • Apr 12, 2010
    Kjell Sundvall classic macho thriller is as high testosterone values ??that it is laughable ståfräs for nearly two hours. But behind the rather stale women's views and idiot simple plot is an interesting depiction of the Swedish male role and cruelly beautiful natural images that still holds true. Swedish action movies were made before 1996, depictions of the northern parts of our country as well. But by River villager Kjell Sundvall in a very artfully and effectively connecting all parts of Norrland Prejudice with pork action scenes taken from Hollywood, so created a new genre in Swedish film. Actually it should not have worked. Looking at the film today, this seems almost like a parody cocktail where you mix equal parts down "Die Hard" with northern gold advertisement and "Slope Guard". For the rest involved Lennart Jähkel, Guldbagge rewarded for best supporting actor, in both. But what makes Sundsvall thriller actually stands up surprisingly well today as 15 years ago is less about originality and more pure history. For as I said, we have not seen anything like "hunters" since that is not the point, but the story itself over time with more qualities than at the premiere. The story you may already by now. A robust Rolf Lassgård play the classic police Eric coming back to the village, which is actually called just The village, in Norrbotten. There he meets his brother (Jähkel) and begins to unravel the nasty cases involving brutal poaching. But there is at least as much drama in the personal relationship that Erik voluntarily or involuntarily put in. Firstly, the film is still one of the most beautiful depictions of the northern regions of Sweden. Sundvall uses exquisite image compositions to show the fantastic nature and Björn J: son Lindh sensitive music frames perfectly listings. The film should really be seen at the cinema where the screen is spreading far around the audience to achieve maximum effect. With regard to the portrayal of characters in the film is an entirely different story. It's hard to really criticize Sundvall for the most exaggerated portraits, he is himself a proud north bottoming, but it's always dangerous when parody as super macho men in the cozy accent stands and threaten each other to life every five minutes. The worst it will be for Jarmo Mäkinen who, with their distinct Finland-Swedish hardly increases respect for our neighbors to the east. It also becomes more than a little too obvious that these hard men are really little boys who hide behind peer pressure, fear of softness or tough childhood. It is psychology that comes from refrigerator poetry and almost more fond degrading than realistic narrative. The only two characters that actually resembles real people are just brothers Eric and Leif, radiant shaped by Lassgård and Jähkel. The interaction between them feels completely authentic and both can arrest points in his characters that rings more than credible; Lassgård sense of responsibility and uncomfortable to be the returning hero and Jähkel tender portrait of a wounded soul behind a face of steel. But if the men are cut, shaped, it's nothing against the women. Firstly, they are virtually invisible. Those that stand out are Editha Domingo as the ever-degrading waitress Nena and Helena Bergström as the ever-angry prosecutor who shows up to help Eric. Though the whole point, and what makes the film does not disappear straight down into a hole of stereotyping and prejudice, is precisely that, indirectly, is an interesting portrait of the traditional macho role. It is seldom we see similar films in Sweden, perhaps to equal opportunities here than in many other places, is actually surprisingly strong. Sundvall have probably unwittingly made a film on a very interesting way leads us to question what it really means to be men. He does so not by asking interesting questions about masculinity, but to present such an exaggerated picture that we must ask ourselves what we really like it here. A bit like Michael Haneke makes us question our perceptions of violence by a sadistic way, self-describing it in "Funny Games". With the exception that Haneke himself is on the point. "Hunters" was a long time and time again to be repeated in an American version. It had worked more than well, this thriller has just what it takes to go home in Hollywood. But the portrayal of Norrbotten residents, positive or negative, is typically Swedish, which means that this film is actually a Swedish classic. Whatever one may think about the product.
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  • Jun 16, 2008
    The best swedish movie. De e sant de...
    Martin S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2008
    The best action/thriller sweden has ever produced.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2007
    Probably the best Swedish thriller of all-time!
    Mike S Super Reviewer

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