“In Order of Disappearance” or “Kraftidioten” is terrific entertainment.
A whole Kon-Tiki crew, two Danes and a Swede are on board in the Norwegian gangster comedy. “In Order of Disappearance” is a black comedy about cold revenge directed by Hans Petter Moland and script written by Kim Fupz Aakeson.
Of course I had to see the Norwegian film “In Order of Disappearance”, mostly because the Danish actor Birgitte Hjort Sørensen was featured in the film. Later I found out that Kim Fupz Aakeson wrote the script. He is a Danish writer, illustrator and screenwriter who dos everything from comedy to art and children’s films with bravura.
Some of the main actors in the film are Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen. The movie is about Nils (Stellan Skarsgard), who runs snowplow in the Norwegian mountains. He has just been selected as “Citizen of the Year” when he is told that his son has died of an overdose. Convinced that this is a lie, he decides to find the truth and take revenge. Ice-cold revenge. And the list turns out to be long. Very long.
Stellan Skarsgård is most often an actor in Moland’s films. In “A Somewhat Gentle Man” (in Norwegian ” En ganske snill mann”) from 2010 Stellan Skarsgård played a gangster who faces a lot of family trouble when he came out of prison. In “In Order of Disappearance”, the role is changed and Skarsgård plays a dad who confronts the gangsters.
Really funny satire
One by one, Nils kills the Norwegian gangsters. They believe it must be their Serbian rivals, who the Norwegians constantly confuse with Albanians.
There are signs of regular gangster war. Neither of the parties has the imagination to imagine that the man who kills the gangsters, one by one, is a middle-aged man who runs the snowplow and are used to see white, but now looks so red that the snow constantly changes color.
Each death is listed on the screen with a cross and by name. I tried to keep track, but somewhere around the tenth body, I lost it.
In addition to being a pretty terrific gangster comedy, the movie is also a really fun satire of Norway.
Looked at throughDanishglasses andregulated by MolandNorwegianvision it isa film aboutwealthyNorwegiangangsterwho try toremember to placesix pieces oforganic fruitinhis son’slunch boxandhave his whole hous efull of HAY and Arne Jacobsen design!
Bruno Ganz is lovely as the Serbian godfather Papa, and Pål Sverre Hagen gives a seriously funny portrait of the Norwegian godfather “Greven” as a ridiculous fashioned man, violent psychopath, modern business leader and part-time dad. Who is more tormented by the eternal parent meetings than revenge. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen plays “Grevens” stubborn, arrogant and seen trough a Norwegian mans eyes, a wildly annoying Danish ex-wife.
The movie reminds me of the Danish film ‘Flickering Lights‘ (in Danish ‘Blinkende Lygter’) from 2000, which had great success in Norway.
Listening to the Norwegian words, reading the English subtitles and sometimes hearing some Danish sentences was occasionally a bit confusing. But it was great to experience the whole cinema laughing at the Scandinavian black humor. Even though, the Americans were laughing at some stranger’s moments.
I can defiantly recommend you to watch “In Order of Disappearance ” especially if you are from Scandinavia.
“In Order of Disappearance ” was earlier this year nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.