The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he’s a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward, where his survival depends on quickly learning the prison’s parallel world of rules, honor, and obligations. R also stands for Rachid, a young Muslim prisoner who becomes Rune’s friend and accomplice, defying the rigid racial stratifications among the inmates. –Los Angeles Film Festival
Tobias Lindholm (born 1977) is a Danish screenwriter and film director.
Lindholm is a frequent collaborator of film director Thomas Vinterberg, with whom he has written the screenplays for feature films Submarino and The Hunt, as well as writing the scripts for his own films: hard-hitting prison movie R and hostage drama A Hijacking. The latter premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section.
Lindholm has also made a mark for himself on TV as a regular episode writer on Danish political TV-series Borgen, credited on all 20 episodes of the series first two seasons, either as an episode writer or storyline contributor. —Wikipedia
A raw, hard-hitting prison drama about a new inmate trying to navigate prison life and survive by carving out a niche for himself and rising through the ranks of inmate society. Plays like a Danish remake of A PROPHET, but is actually superior to Audiard's film in its eschewing of its more grandiose elements in favor of a simpler, more streamlined narrative.