Headhunters

Oct

21

Date: October 21, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Price: $7/each

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2011 (R) 101 min. Norway/subtitles
Director: Morton Tyldum
Cast: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund

Based on the novel by Jo Nesbo, the most popular Scandinavian crime writer in the United States since Stieg Larson’s MILLENNIUM TRILOGY, HEADHUNTERS is the best Norwegian thriller to arrive in America in years and among the most exciting psychological crime dramas an American audience has been treated to in quite some time. A man living on both sides of the law is caught in a dangerous game. Roger Brown makes his living as a corporate recruiter, finding talented people who work for other companies and making them lucrative offers to join the firm currently signing his paychecks. Roger’s work pays a handsome salary, but he suffers crushing insecurity when it comes to his beautiful wife Diana, and he constantly showers her with expensive gifts in hopes of staying on her good side. Between Diana’s expectations and the expensive tastes of Roger’s mistress Lotte, Roger needs cash, so he takes on a high-paying second job – stealing rare works of art. Roger is just good enough and smart enough to know that he’ll get caught eventually, and when he learns of a man with an authentic Rubens, he hopes to make one last score that will keep him well set for a long time. But Roger soon learns there’s a catch – the man with the painting is also someone he’s supposed to recruit for a client, and he’s clearly a few steps ahead of Roger. This film contains nudity, violence, and sexual content.

“The film has some fairly grisly violence, but also considerable humor and the sort of intricate, thought-through storytelling you’d expect from Hitchcock or the Coen brothers.” – Bob Mondello, NPR

“I can’t remember the last time a movie surprised me as much as HEADHUNTERS, not just its story twists and turns, which are considerable, but its continual stripping of character veneer and overall audaciousness left me breathless.” – Leonard Maltin, LEONARD MALTIN’S PICKS