90 minutes follows three Norwegian families at home in their expensive, stylish apartments. Reminiscent of the Scandinavian equivalent to the American dream, the apartment walls are all painted white, the furniture is perfectly arranged and everything is symmetrical, perpendicular and parallel. But what these homes also have in common is that something terrible is about to happen in each of them – in 90 minutes.

The husband of each home has recently suffered some ordeal and in reaction turns to brutal violence against members of his own family. The film follows these men in their last 90 minutes, “while they are still human”, as director Eva Sørhaug puts it. Ultimately we witness the senseless acts of assault, rape and murder, portrayed with a cold neutrality that makes them all the more difficult to watch. These crimes occur within the barriers of the white-painted walls that seem to entrap each character, out of sight from the civilized society that surrounds them.

WILLIAM O’BRIEN

90 Minutes poster
Title
90 Minutes
Director
Eva Sørhaug
Country
Norway
Length
92 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
Norwegian
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2012
Original title
90 minutter
Cast
Bjørn Floberg, Fred Heggland, Aksel Hennie, Annmari Kastrup, Pia Tjelta, Mads Ousdal, Kaja Varjord
Producer
Håkon Øverås
Script
Eva Sørhaug
Music
Henrik Skram

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