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Bad Faith

Bad Faith

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Kristian Petri

  • Country: Sweden
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: Swedish
  • Producer: Johannes Åhlund
  • Executive Producer: Jessica Ask, Gunnar Carlsson, Jonas Kellagher, Fredrik Heinig, Lone Korslund
  • Screenplay: Magnus Dahlström
  • Runtime: 106
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On her way home from work Mona finds the victim of a serial killer. She is shocked but the experience triggers something within and her fascination becomes obsession. She decides to find the killer on her own. Her hunt leads to violent confrontation, not only with the killer but also with herself.

screening times

    • Friday September 10
    • 3:00:00 PM
    • VARSITY 7
    • Saturday September 11
    • 12:30:00 PM
    • VARSITY 7
    • Saturday September 18
    • 6:30:00 PM
    • AMC 3

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Monia (Sonja Richter), a rather strange young woman who may be in the midst of a nervous breakdown, walks alone through the streets of a Gothenburg. Walking past a sinister alleyway, she sees a badly injured man struggling to breathe. The man’s been dispatched by the Bayonet Killer, a murderer who’s been plaguing the city for the last couple of months. Monia is immediately plunged into a mystery only she and the strangely solicitous and philosophical Frank (Jonas Karlsson) seem to care about. As Monia stumbles on one killing after another, she confronts a shady hoodlum (Kristoffer Joyner) who, rather suspiciously, seems to be at the scene of every crime.

With Bad Faith, Swedish director Kristian Petri intelligently riffs on the history of the suspense film, deftly combining its highs and lows. On one hand, the film offers up a gloss on giallos – the lurid, visually stylized, Italian-thriller form popularized by Mario Bava and later by Dario Argento. At the same time, Petri and his collaborators make reference to the most cerebral and self-conscious mysteries ever made, from Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up to Paul Verhoeven’s international breakthrough, The Fourth Man. Like Verhoeven’s underrated classic, Bad Faith is propelled by the characters’ awareness that they’re caught in a narrative they should recognize but refuse to – a conflict which allows for ample amounts of suspense and for a very sly comedy.

Central to the film’s success is our suspicion that Monia isn’t playing with a full deck. As she grows more and more obsessed with the murders and her daily life crumbles around her (she hides in her apartment for weeks on end), we begin to question her sanity and, by extension, the rules and assumptions of the genre which she inhabits. It’s a genuinely postmodern thriller, a sublimely funny movie that questions its characters mental soundness and our own addiction to narrative.

Steve Gravestock

director bio

Kristian Petri was born in Ärtemark, Swedenand is a screenwriter, novelist and director. He has directed the short films Rocket Garden(87), and the feature films Tana - En resa till Borneos inre (89), Tong, Sommaren (95), Atlanten (95), Lighthouse (00), Tokyo Noise(02), Details (03), The Well (05) and Bad Faith (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Sonja Richter, Jonas Karlsson, Kristoffer Joner
Johannes Åhlund
Executive Producer:
Jessica Ask, Gunnar Carlsson, Jonas Kellagher, Fredrik Heinig, Lone Korslund
Hoyte Van Hoytema
Johan Söderberg
Andreas Franck
Fredrik Emilson
Production Designer:
Charles Koroly
International Sales Agent:
 Trust Nordisk
Production Company:
St Paul Film
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