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THE APE aka APAN
UK: ICA Films
Cast: Olle Sarri, Lennart Andersson, Lena Carlsson, Thore Flygel, Niclas Gillis, Samuel Haus, Anders Johannisson, Françoise Joyce, Sean Pietrulewicz, Eva Rexed
Director: Jesper Ganslandt
Language: Swedish (English subtitles)
UK: 81 mins
UK Release Date: 12 march 2010 (Limited Release - London, ICA)
THE APE is Jesper Ganslandt's subtle drama on human frailty. His second feature is a tough and restrained exploration of a descent into hell and what happens to a man's humanity when all he knows is stripped away.
This tense and bleak Swedish film follows a deeply unsympathetic man, Krister (Olle Sarri), as he wakes up in a bathroom covered in blood and the audience slowly finds out what horrific circumstances brought him there.
This is an enigmatic and ferocious piece of Nordic noir which takes a classic thriller blueprint and fearlessly creates something new and very disturbing from it.