A shocking, hateful crime lies at the heart of this drama, which is told from the perspective of its victims.
On 22 July 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik committed two terror attacks in Norway: a car bomb was planted in Oslo’s government quarter and then, on the island of Utøya, he massacred members of Norway Labour Party’s Youth League summer camp. Erik Poppe’s sensitive film, shot in one single take, presents the events from a glacial distance. Like Gus Van Sant’s ‘Elephant’, Poppe’s film is an unsettling portrait of everyday horror.
★★★★ "A visceral, brutal, yet heartfelt and earnest movie, which imbibes the innocent bewilderment and horror of its young characters." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ "Full of heartrending moments" - Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent