Next Door is a psychological thriller with strong sexual undertones. The film’s main character John, recently abandoned by his girlfriend, allows himself to be seduced by his two pretty neighbours Anne and Kim, who drag him into a world in which it becomes impossible for John to separate lies from reality.
Ever since the appearance of Junk Mail in 1997, film director Pål Sletaune has been regarded as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary world cinema, as well as being, arguably, the most famous film-maker to come from Norway. Next Door is as distinctive as his previous work, although markedly different in subject matter and tone. Gone is the idiosyncratic quirkiness and black comedy and in its place is a dark, tense and disturbing atmosphere, as befits the subject matter of Next Door. This is a chilling thriller about how one man descends into madness where he cannot distinguish dream and reality because he has committed a terrible act that shatters his sanity. Sletaune cleverly builds up tension and increases our sense of claustrophobic unease by focusing all the action on a labyrinthine apartment, where the leading character gets lost in a terrifying and violent web of fantasy. With nods to Hitchcock and De Palma, particularly in the brilliant use of sound effects and an orchestral score, Next Door is very high quality film-making and a roller coaster ride that you are unlikely to forget. –Venice Days
Director, producer and screenwriter Pål Sletaune (b. 1960) holds degrees in literature, photography and art history from the University of Oslo, and has become one of Norway’s foremost directors for both feature films and commercials. Sletaune started his career directing the documentary Merz in 1991, before turning to short film with The Bingo Place in 1992. He made his feature film debut with the critically acclaimed comedic drama Junk Mail in 1997.
Two of Sletaunes short films, The Bingo Place and Eating Out, entered in a number of international film festivals and have won several awards. Eating Out won the Grand prix at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival in 1994.
All of Sletaunes feature films have been selected for participation at major festivals, like Cannes, Venice and Toronto. His first feature, Junk Mail, won the grand prize at the International Critics’ Week at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1997. The film received rave reviews at the festival… read more
Starts off as very intriguing but loses most of its built up tension toward the end