***½/**** Image C Sound B
starring Stellan Skarsgård, Lena Headey, Ian Hart, Charlotte Rampling
screenplay by Kristin Amundsen, Hans Petter Moland
directed by Hans Petter Moland
by Walter Chaw Hans Petter Moland's third film (and first in English) is assured, stark, and endlessly beautiful. He evokes the long, lonesome noir tableaux of American painter Edward Hopper, capturing with them that ineffable feeling of remoteness, of human distance existing in the midst of forced intimacy. In this way, his work resembles the later efforts of German director Wim Wenders, although Moland isn't a monumentalist so much as an aggressive humanist, marking the Norwegian director as more closely akin to his Scandinavian counterpart, Ingmar Bergman.