The Ape (Apan)
The Ape (Apan) (2009)

An seemingly ordinary man must face the consequences of his own actions in this drama from Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt. Krister (Olle Sarri) is a middle-aged man who makes his living as a driving instructor. One morning, he wakes up… More

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This artful examination of a very dark soul isn't always easy to watch. But the film's bleak chill is mesmerising.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Existential Scandinavian stuff, it holds the attention.

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Ailsa Caine
Little White Lies

The Ape pulls no punches on its fresh approach on how to deal and live with the consequences of our action.

Derek Malcolm
This is London

It's a devastating portrait of a man on the edge of madness, and not easy to forget.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

This is a difficult, painful film, and hardly for everyone. It left me in a gibbering foetal ball in a corner of the cinema foyer. But in Jesper Ganslandt, Sweden has a new star director.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Perfect in its duration, perfect in its ending, and chillingly perfect in its central performance, The Ape plays off the banalities of life against a constant, underlying sense of dread.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Sarri's great performance is what will keep you watching.

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Edward Porter
Times [UK]

Jesper Ganslandt's film strikes me as an exercise in morbid intensity for its own sake, but it's certainly well done.

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