An over-protective mother, who moves to a secret address with her eight-year-old son after a difficult divorce. She buys a babycall to better watch over him, which seems to be activated from other apartments in the block. One day she overhears what she thinks is the murder of a child.
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Noomi Rapace and Kristoffer Joner give really solid performances, as they always do. However, as far as the movie goes, it really suffers from all the plot twists that seem contrived, from many forgotten clues and especially from the ending. Overall I thought the first half was really great which only made the rest super disappointing.
Could have been so much better with another ending. The first hour is brilliant; Sletaune really knows how to create a Polanski apartment. But sadly he's not very good with plot twists ("Naboer" also suffers from this). Still, "Babycall" is much better than the regular scandinavian thriller - the restrained visual style is masterful. Three very strong stars.
At the risk of myself sounding sick, I wish it stayed true to the ending fate of the mother and child, as that would've been one of the bleaker endings that I have ever seen. Yet, the final twist changes our perception of all the events and makes it more of a twist movie than a character study akin to Polanski. Therefore, while still not as gripping as his Apartment Trilogy, it's only gimmicky. Well acted, though.
47/100 (Beynim yandı. Ne olursunuz şu film sonlarına bu kadar çok soru işareti koymayın ya. Dünyanın en klişe ve en bilindik konusunu yaptığınızı fark edip filmin sonuna alengirli bir şeyler koymak istediğiniz o kadar bağırıyor ki. 3 kere izledim ne bok anlatmak istediğini anlamak imkansız. )
Malgré d'évidentes lectures plurielles de la dramaturgie présentée qui chemine aussi bien dans les sphères maladives de la folie que dans les inquiétantes arcanes du fantastique, l'oeuvre laisse une persistante impression d'inconsistance et de faiblesse, entre fragile et besogneux exercice de style et manque manifeste de repères. www.cinefiches.com