The Hypnotist (2012 film)

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The Hypnotist
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Film poster
Directed by Lasse Hallström
Produced by Börje Hansson
Peter Possne
Bertil Olsson
Screenplay by Paolo Vacirca
Based on Hypnotisören
by Lars Kepler
Starring Tobias Zilliacus
Mikael Persbrandt
Lena Olin
Cinematography Mattias Montero
Edited by Sebastian Amundsen
Thomas Täng
Release date
  • 28 September 2012 (2012-09-28)
Running time
122 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

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]

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To apprehend a killer, who has executed a whole family, 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 drugging both his wife and son, leaving threatening notes 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 the location of the place where she stays 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 van. In panic she drives her van onto thin ice. Joona manages to save Benjamin, but Lydia drowns. On Christmas Day, Erik and his family eat out happily and Joona visits his female teammate at home.

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References[edit]

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

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