Canada | USA
Directed by Robert Budreau
Comedy, Crime, Drama
Rated PG: violence; coarse language
The strange story of the infamous 1973 hostage crisis in Stockholm.
Stockholm tells the absurd 1973 story that became the basis for the phrase, “Stockholm Syndrome.” A brash cowboy, who calls himself “The Outlaw” (Ethan Hawke), enters the Kinderbanken flailing around a machine gun. However, he isn’t intending to rob it at all – instead he’s taking hostages to secure the release of his friend, a fellow con currently in the pen. Bank officer, Bianca Lind (Noomi Rapace), is more perceptive than “The Outlaw”: she can tell he has more enthusiasm than brains. He’s in over his head and the increasingly infuriated cops are probably a greater threat to her safety. Together with the two other hostages, who also start to see things her way, Lind tries to help plot an exit strategy for The Outlaw and his friend.
Stockholm becomes engrossing in how it uses the intensity of its scenario to expose the hidden fears of an entire group of people who are both far savvier and considerably less certain in their convictions than they appear at first.
“Ethan Hawke brings a nice mix of humor to the role and Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of Bianca Lind is one that takes her work above and beyond. Rapace disappears into the role of the bank clerk. The performances wouldn’t work if the chemistry wasn’t so believable. And Dylan is the go-to musician on the soundtrack!”
– Danielle Soltzman, Solzy at the Movies
“It’s a tight, energetic period thriller, helmed with flair. Highly recommended.”
– j.b. spins