Fact is stranger than fiction in this thrilling crime caper based on the absurd but true story of the bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.
1973, Stockholm, Sweden: self-styled outlaw Lars Nystrom (Ethan Hawke), high on pills walks into a bank, pulls out a machine gun, takes two bank workers hostage and demands his friend Gunnar (Mark Strong) is released from prison, $1million, and a getaway car.
As negotiations with the police reach a deadlock, one of the hostages, married mother Bianca (Noomi Rapace), initially terrified by being held captive by the erratic Lars, becomes sympathetic, then strangely attracted to him. As the net tightens, and Lars is forced to take desperate measures, Bianca finds herself siding with criminal over cops.
Director: Robert Budreau
Writer: Robert Budreau
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace
15 August 2019 7:30PM