Day 113: In Order of Disappearance (June,30)

I haven't seen a film like In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) for a long time, and for sure I didn't expect any of what would happen in it when I got into the cinema. 

Many movies in these last months had violence as a subject, but not like this. The violence is the movie. This kind of acid, explicit, comedy, overwhelming violence that brings a constant sense of disbelief I haven't met in the movies for a time. 

This movie remind me a dialogue from Daredevil. Matt Murdock questioned a priest about how some beings are evil. The debate here was that a evil person is expected to do evil things, but what we think when a good individual does the same? They infect the water well of the whole village, the priest answered, in a biblical reference. 

The same happened here, but the well is not infected, rather the opposite, maybe. And at each death, announced in a peculiar way (that becomes funny in repetition), we question more and  more if there is such clear distinction between evil and good in such a violent scenery. 

According to the movie, yes, there is. And at the same time, no, there isn't. The final scene refers to that, how in some aspects they are absolutely the same, despite being so different in any other aspect.  

The translated title in Portuguese refers to something like an honorable citizen. A guy that is recognized by his community as a steady force. Just after his recognition as such, he sees himself in front of an impossibly hurtful loss, and it is in fact his steadiness and strength that leads him to act in a way that would contradict his award as exemplary citizen. But we leave the cinema thinking that he acted according to his distinction, not contrary to it. Ambivalent and complex, as debates about violence use to be, specially in Nordic productions. 

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten). Directed by Hans Petter Moland.
With: Stellan Skargard, Bruno Ganz, Pal Sverre Hagen (he is outstanding
here as he was in Troubled Water. but too scary and insane). Writer: Kim Fupz
Aakeson. Norway/Sweden, 2014, 116 min., Color (Cinema).

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