'In Order of Disappearance' - Movie Review

"In Order of Disappearance" is a Norwegian film (original title "Kraftidioten") starring Stellan Skarsgård as a small town snowplow operator whose son has just died of an overdose. Except he doesn't believe his son used drugs, and sets out to find the people responsible. I watched this because I was under the impression that it was a black comedy, and I suppose that it is - but it might be more accurate to portray it as a story of revenge with occasional jokes - jokes that are darker than the sky at midnight. The humour is also classically Norwegian in being dry as the desert and leaving you occasionally (perhaps frequently) wondering "was that even supposed to be a joke?" My favourite (and in fact one of the least dark) is a 12 year old boy asking his kidnapper who is reading him a bedtime story "have you heard of Stockholm Syndrome?"

Violent, occasionally funny, nasty, and with a thoroughly ambiguous ending, I enjoyed it.