The Hypnotist (2012 film)

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The Hypnotist
Film poster
Directed byLasse Hallström
Screenplay byPaolo Vacirca
Based onHypnotisören
by Lars Kepler
Produced byBörje Hansson
Peter Possne
Bertil Olsson
StarringTobias Zilliacus
Mikael Persbrandt
Lena Olin
CinematographyMattias Montero
Edited bySebastian Amundsen
Thomas Täng
Release date
  • 28 September 2012 (2012-09-28)
Running time
122 minutes

The Hypnotist (Swedish: Hypnotisören) is a 2012 Swedish crime thriller film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the Swedish novel of the same name by Lars Kepler. The film was selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[1]


To apprehend a killer who has executed a whole family except for sole survivor Josef, Detective Joona seeks help from Dr. Erik, a specialist in acute trauma and hypnotism, to obtain case details from Josef, who is comatose. Erik is an insomniac, who takes heavy sleeping pills and has marital troubles. Although he is suspended from practice, he tries to help but pulls back after seeing discomfort in Josef. Later Erik's son Benjamin is kidnapped by someone who drugged both his wife and son, leaving threatening notes behind for Erik to stop hypnotizing. In search of his son, Erik hypnotizes Josef and discovers that he was the killer and acted under the influence and instructions of his birth mother. By way of hypnotizing his wife, Erik then figures out that Josef's mother is Lydia, a nurse who looked after him at the hospital. Joona learns she is mentally unstable and that she is Benjamin's kidnapper, and later uncovers the location of the house where she is staying with Benjamin. They go there to retrieve him and arrest Lydia. Lydia, who thinks Benjamin is her son Josef and the policemen have come to take away her child, fires her weapon and tries to escape with Benjamin in her school bus. In panic she drives her van onto thin ice over a frozen lake. Joona manages to save Benjamin, but Lydia drowns. On Christmas Day, Erik and his family eat out happily and Joona visits his female partner at home.


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  1. ^ "Lasse Hallstrom's 'The Hypnotist' is Sweden's Oscar Candidate". Hollywood Reporter. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.

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