This Norwegian film has echoes of the Cohen brother's Fargo, with its unrelenting snow, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, black humour and murder. Starring Stellan Skarsgard as Nils, an upstanding citizen in a small Norwegian village who keeps a strip of road passable throughout the year, no matter the snow fall. His son is caught up in the business of the drug lords who run the transport of cocaine through the nearby airport and into the city, and is killed. Nils decides to avenge the death of his son.
The film has elements of the darkness of the Scandinavian Noir subgenre from crime fiction, however it is more influenced by the aforementioned Cohen brothers and Quentin Tarantino as the black comedy quota and stylised bloodshed is very high. This is the fourth movie director Hans Peter Moland has done with Skarsgard, starting with Zero Kelvin back in 1995, and the long standing collaboration keeps you in good hands. Even when the comedy gets broad, the film is anchored by a wonderful performance by Skarsgard. His pain and pathos shine through. It is ultimately very straightforward and a diverting way to spend an afternoon. It is a fun take on a plot that we have seen before.