What No One Knows



Panorama Special

Nimbus Film

BERLIN -- While intriguing at first, this character study unexpectedly evolves into a political thriller that doesn't live up to its promises. Nonetheless, film might sell in many territories since thrillers are audience-friendly.

The plot revolves around Thomas Deleuran (Anders W. Berthelsen), a puppet master whose marriage is falling apart. When his sister is found dead, Thomas takes on her investigation on the Danish secret services' use of chemical weapons. He soon finds himself followed and threatened. With the help of the sister's ex-lover Ursula (Maria Bonnevie), he tries to confound an old colleague of his father's, Niels Lange-Erichsen (Henning Jensen), who's about to be promoted as head of the secret services.

Thus the film combines political and familial suspense: Thomas's sister is a victim of the machination, his wife and teenage daughter's lives are at stake, his father's dark secrets come back to surface and his relation to his mother will be affected. However "Mifune" director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen doesn't manage to make the investigation exciting enough for the climax to be satisfying. The mysteries Thomas exposes in his quest for truth have an interesting political and social dimension (in particular the bitter comment on the use of surveillance cameras) but no major revelation ever appears. The film's conclusion concerns family issues only, which comes as a true disappointment.

Berthelsen and Jensen have intense confrontations while the star of Nordic cinema, Maria Bonnevie, is again impressive in her least spectacular part to date.