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Run Time: 100 minutes
Snappy graphics and a plaintive jazz score mark the opening of this nouveau Norwegian noir. Our world-weary detective is kitted out in trench coat and fedora, his voiceover reminiscent of Bogey’s. But Robert Bogerud is a different kind of private eye, one with Down syndrome. Business is rotten in Robert’s office in the Ladybird group home; he wants to solve cases like his policeman dad. One day, a leggy blonde named Rita shows up in Robert’s doorway. Her husband, speed-skating champion Olav Starr, has disappeared, and the family wants help finding him. Robert’s unorthodox sleuthing methods include moving into the Starr household to find out how Olav feels. Rita and her bratty adult children are up to something, their relationships so damaged that maybe not even Robert’s hugs can cure them. DETECTIVE DOWNS is a remarkable film that puts a differently-abled detective front and center. While exposing people’s prejudices—and murderous tendencies—it takes solace in the old-fashioned virtues of love and family. (In Norwegian with subtitles) —B.B.
Svein André Hofsø, Ida Elise Broch, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Kari Simonsen, Sven Nordin, Liv Bernhoft Osa
Bård Breien was born in 1971. He studied the history of ideas and literature at the University of Oslo. His previous film, a multiple award-winner, was a black comedy about a man adjusting to life in a wheelchair.
"The Art of Negative Thinking" (2006)—32nd CIFF, DETECTIVE DOWNS (2013)
Norwegian Film Institute
This film is presented by CARLA STREEP O’DAY and MICHAEL HONOHAN in honor of their grandson, JACK JUERGENS, for the special insight that he brings to their family.
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