Come face to face with fear itself
In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma.
He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They hope to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister, in order to track down and save his older sister before it is too late.
But it has been ten years since Erik last practised hypnosis, and he has promised never to do it again. Painful memories from that time make their presence felt, contributing to his decision not to help the police.
When Erik finally allows himself to be persuaded, it is as if the floodgates have been opened to a torrent of unforeseen happenings. Without warning this violent and inexplicable course of events impacts with full force on Erik’s life. His son disappears, and to have a chance of saving his life, Erik has to confront himself with the past, with the times when his research-work was laid in ruins and his marriage seemed on the verge of collapsing.
Original Title: HYPNOTISÖREN
Based On: International best-seller "The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler
First Release: Sep 28, 2012
Format: 1:2,35 Cinemascope
Sound: Dolby Digital
Duration: 120 min
Director: Lasse Hallström
Producer: Börje Hansson, Peter Possne, Bertil Ohlsson
Production Company: AB Svensk Filmindustri
Co-producer: Sonet Film AB, Filmpool Nord AB, Per-Erik Svensson
Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Tobias Zilliacus, Lena Olin, Oscar Pettersson, Anna Azcarate, Jonatan Bökman, Helena af Sandeberg, Eva Melander, Gustaf Levin, Ulf Eklund
Director of Photography: Mattias Montero
Script: Paolo Vacirca
Editor: Thomas Täng
Production Designer: Lasse Westfelt
Costume Designer: Karin Sundvall
Make-up Artist: Jenny Fred
Composer: Oscar Fogelström