The newest Ole Bornedal film is a continued exploration of styles, themes and content not normally associated with Danish cinema. Following the awesome meta-film noir ‘Just Another Love Story’ and the great children’s horror/sci-fi ‘The Substitute’, ‘Deliver Us from Evil’ is like no Scandinavian film you’ve ever seen before. Not to say that this is a wholly original work of art, it’s not, however, the combination of all the elements makes it unique as a Danish movie.
In the story, not too dissimilar to Straw dogs, we’re in hillbilly territory, where one man tries to do the right thing and has to defend himself and his family against outsiders. Everyone accept the main family acts extremely over the top in a wonderful dramatic way but still strangely rooted in Danish society. You are in disbelief but still you feel that these obnoxious, unpleasant characters could be quite real.
The cinematography by Danish legend Dan Lausten is nothing short of brilliant and all actors shine, even though most of them are cast against type or comes from different backgrounds than movies. ‘Deliver Us from Evil’ is so well made on all accounts that it can only be described as a Danish masterpiece. It wouldn’t necessarily be a masterpiece had it been made in the US, but perfecting the western genre, flirting with horror, making social comments, all grounded in a Danish setting with thrills and kills, this is as good as it’s going to get. And Ole Bornedal, once the great talent, has through recent years, enriched Danish film more than anyone, except maybe Von Trier. Link
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