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Stockholm can't quite do justice to its themes or the real-life events it dramatizes, but a light touch and well-chosen cast keep the end results consistently entertaining.



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STOCKHOLM is based on the absurd but true story of a 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis documented in the 1974 New Yorker article "The Bank Drama" by Daniel Lang. The film follows Lars Nystrom, (Ethan Hawke) who dons a disguise to raid a central Stockholm bank. He then takes hostages in order to spring his pal Gunnar (Mark Strong) from prison. One of the hostages includes Bianca (Noomi Rapace), a wife and mother of two. Negotiations with detectives hits a wall when (at the request of the Prime Minister) the police refuse to let Lars leave in a getaway car with the hostages. As hours turn into days, Lars alternates between threatening the hostages and making them feel comfortable and secure. The hostages develop an uneasy relationship with their captor, which is particularly complex for Bianca, who develops a strong bond with Lars as she witnesses his caring nature. This connection gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as "Stockholm syndrome".


Ethan Hawke
as Kaj Hansson / Lars Nystrom
Noomi Rapace
as Bianca Lind
Mark Strong (II)
as Gunnar Sorensson
Christopher Heyerdahl
as Chief Mattsson
Thorbjørn Harr
as Christopher Lind

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  • It's fun watching Ethan Hawke's oddball robber socking it to The Man in a wig and stick-on handlebars.

    Jun 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Age becomes Ethan Hawke. The more raspy and wrinkled he gets, the better he is on screen... And here he holds together a film that is shaky in many respects and shouldn't work.

    Jun 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • An absurd or rather absurdist true-crime melodrama.

    Jun 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • More like Dog's Dinner Afternoon.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The situation, as presented here, isn't unbelievable, exactly. It's just oddly dull. Hawke is not.

    May 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Budreau states at the outset that the true story he's working from is absurd, and it's clear that he relishes that absurdity: yes, lives are being threatened throughout and powerful feelings are at play, but this is a strange and amiable comedy at heart.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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