Hunter 1

First Release Date : January 31st, 1996

Hunter 1
A film by Kjell Sundvall
Cast : Rolf Lassgård, Lennart Jähkel, Jarmo Mäkinen, Tomas Norström, Thomas Hedengran, Göran Forsmark

After killing a man in the line of duty and almost losing his own life in the process, Erik (Rolf Lassgård) is transferred from the Stockholm police department to the small police station in his home village of Norrland, Sweden. There, Erik is reunited with his relatives at his abusive father’s funeral, where his younger brother Leif (Lennart Jähkel) welcomes him with open arms. Much of Erik’s work out in the sticks involves uncovering secrets concerning the slaughter of the local reindeer. When the local police turn a blind eye, it is only natural that Erik starts taking matters into his own hands.
Events take a further turn for the worse and violence erupts in the village when the closed community grow angry and unite against Erik’s effort to uncover the truth. However, this film makes it difficult to truly side with Erik in his pursuit for justice as his character doesn’t come across as particularly likeable, and his lack of more personal motives (aside from that of simply doing his job) make him a character to which is is perhaps difficult for audiences to relate. It is only his burden of guilt at leaving his brother to suffer at the hand of their abusive father, and his desire to make amends, which gains our sympathy. Erik never quite makes it as a hero; just a good guy in a bad situation.
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Producers Harmonica Films, Sonet Film AB, Filmpool Nord
Nationality Sweden
Running time 113 min
Format 2.35 : 1
Screenplay Kjell Sundvall, Björn Carlström
Cinematographer Kjell Lagerroos
Editor Darek Hodor
Music Björn J:son Lind

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