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the hour of the lynx ( i lossens time )

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | 2013 | O.V. Danish, Swedish | S.T. English | Denmark, Sweden | 93min | color

Synopsis :

An isolated roadside house on a snowy Swedish winter night is the scene of a brutal double murder with no apparent motive. Two years later, the perpetrator is locked inside a high-security psychiatric ward. He’s placed under tight surveillance after suddenly strangling the cat he adored and then attempting suicide. He claims his actions were dictated directly by God. A female pastor is summoned to try to gain insight into the troubled young man’s state of mind. She’s introduced to the medical detention centre and its inhabitants, and most importantly to the “hour of the lynx,” the last hour, the moment when happiness reaches its zenith. An intense film shot almost entirely within the institution’s walls, The Hour of the Lynx is a complex mosaic of Nordic myth, religion and medical-scientific belief, each worldview struggling to explain the unexplainable and justify its existence to patients. Danish director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen abstains from judging or rationalizing the characters’ behaviour, seemingly confident they’re doing the best they can. What’s important is that each action serve to soothe the soul and contribute to a better world. An unsettling philosophical drama.