The premise of the film is good: a young boy, guilty of killing a girl, returns home and tries to continue his life as it was before the deed. It creates palpable tension and poses the question how will the community receive him. Efterskalv is solid drama with good characters and so on, but it doesn’t offer any insightful viewpoints or pose new questions. What happens is basically what you would think will happen.
Beautifully restrained first feature from Von Horn here on life-mistakes that can't be undone. Told with the bare minimum of exposition and with a firm nod to Haneke in the composition and subjective flow of information. Great performances all-round. 4 stars