The Guilty

New York Times Critics' Pick
85 mins.
Directed by Gustav Möller
R
Danish with subtitles
2018

When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly.

Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him.

This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed.

"Like the best podcasts and radio plays, the stripped-down Danish thriller THE GUILTY paints such vivid pictures with words that, afterward, we’re not exactly sure what we saw and what was merely imagined." Jeannette Catsoulis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!