As the saying goes, "If you dance with the devil, remember it's he that calls the tune". The idea of gambling with with one's soul if referenced symbolically quite a bit throughout this film. For example, in the card game that Jakob Cedergren's character is asked to join that's constantly going on between the town doctor, the priest and the grocery clerk. There's also recurring scenes depicting crossroads.
Oh those crime obsessed Danes! The plot is standard noir, but told with great style. The kinetic and melodrama camera work against the dry and nicely underplayed performances creates a really nifty and stylish film. Director Genz has created a primer for contemporary noir. I've seen it twice and first enjoyed the plot then savored the style.
Unique, strange, gripping movie. Understated intensity sustained throughout. Psychologically as disturbing as anything you'll see but done without Hollywood-style emotional excess or stupid sub-plots. Directed brilliantly, great cinematography. Captures those northern European flatlands beautifully.