The Ape (Apan)


The Ape (Apan) (2009)



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An seemingly ordinary man must face the consequences of his own actions in this drama from Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt. Krister (Olle Sarri) is a middle-aged man who makes his living as a driving instructor. One morning, he wakes up still wearing his clothes from the night before and covered with blood; seemingly unaware of what happened, he cleans himself up, changes his clothes and leaves for work. As the day wears on, the terrible events of the previous day gradually fade into his memory, and he comes to the realization that he committed a heinous crime. As Krister wrestles with his conscience about what to do, he becomes increasingly aware that the life he knew is over, and a strange and uncertain new chapter has begun. As Krister ponders his options, he is particularly troubled about what may become of his son (Sean Pietrulewicz). Apen (aka The Ape) received its world premiere at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the "Venice Days" program.

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All Critics (8)

This artful examination of a very dark soul isn't always easy to watch. But the film's bleak chill is mesmerising.

Mar 17, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a devastating portrait of a man on the edge of madness, and not easy to forget.

Mar 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Sarri's great performance is what will keep you watching.

Mar 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Existential Scandinavian stuff, it holds the attention.

Mar 15, 2010 | Full Review…

This is a difficult, painful film, and hardly for everyone. It left me in a gibbering foetal ball in a corner of the cinema foyer. But in Jesper Ganslandt, Sweden has a new star director.

Mar 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Jesper Ganslandt's film strikes me as an exercise in morbid intensity for its own sake, but it's certainly well done.

Mar 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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