April 12, 2019
| Darius Films
| 92 minutes
Directed by: Robert Budreau
| Written by: Robert Budreau
| Literature: Daniel Lang
| Cinematography: Brendan Steacy
| Editing: Richard Comeau
| Costume Design: Lea Carlson
| Production Design: Aidan Leroux
| Music: Steve London
A semi-fictional account of the event that resulted in the creation of the term Stockholm Syndrome to describe people who feel empathy and sometimes more for their captors, based on the extraordinary true story of the European city’s 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The events grasped the world’s attention when the hostages bonded with their captors and turned against the authorities, giving rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome.”
Cast: Ethan Hawke (Lars Nystrom), Noomi Rapace (Bianca Lind), Mark Strong (Gunnar Sorensson), Christopher Heyerdahl (Chief Mattsson), Bea Santos (Klara Mardh), Mark Rendall (Elov Eriksson), Ian Matthews (Detective Halsten Vinter), John Ralston (Detective Jakobsson), Shanti Roney (Olof Palme), Christopher Wagelin (Vincent), Thorbjørn Harr (Christopher Lind), Gustaf Hammarsten (Taxi Driver), Vladimir Jon Cubrt (Bank Manager), Nonnie Griffin (Old Lady in Bank), Anders Yates (Bank Employee), Linzee Barclay (Injured Lady Bank Customer)
While not the first case of victims bonding with their captors, the 1973 Norrmalmstorg robbery gave birth to the term “Stockholm Syndrome” that is used to this day to describe a psychological phenomenom – and give way to sensationalized press coverage. In the hands of Canadian director Robert Budreau, “Stockholm” remains semi-factual but still loosely based. It stays truthful to key events of the robbery, but takes creative freedom with its character portrayals. Rapace’s Bianca is based on Kristin Enmark, who, as the hostage went on for days, grew more fearful of the police’s tactics to end the hostage than of her captors.
Reviews were mixed, though positive for its actors. Variety wrote: “In Stockholm, the hair and clothes are accurate in a costume-shop way, but the atmosphere is too slick and bright and punchy. The one performer with the right desultory presence is Noomi Rapace.” “Stockholm”, which was filmed in 2017, had its world-premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018, but wouldn’t be released theatrically until a full year later in April 2019. In the United Kingdom, it was released under the title “The Captor”.