Insomnia Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Insomnia the Movie

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After a young girl is murdered in northern Norway, Oslo detective Jonas Engstrom (Skarsgard) and his partner Erik Vik (Ousdal) are called in to solve the crime, aided by local cop Hilde Hagen (Armand). Engstrom accidentally shoots and kills his partner during a stakeout in the fog and attempts to cover up one killing while uncovering another. He begins to unravel when his conscience and the unrelenting sun cause not only insomnia, but a moral breakdown. His nerves jangle as he comes under suspicion from Hilde. He is also forced into a face-to-face climax with the killer, who witnessed the shooting. Excellent feature debut for Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg.


Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 97 minutes.
Originally from Norwegian.

Cast and Crew

Police Detectives
Nikolaj Frobenius
Stellan Skarsgard, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Maria Bonnevie, Bjorn Floberg, Gisken Armand, Marianne O. Ulrichsen, Maria Mathiesen
Erling Thurmann-Andersen
Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Geir Jenssen
Peter Borgli, Norsk FilmDistribusjon, First Run Features

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