Directed by: Morten Tyldum
101 minutes

New England Premiere

Meet Roger Brown, one of the most successful headhunters in Norway. He has a beautiful wife, a nice car, and a big house—in short, he’s living the 21st-century dream. But Roger has a secret. Despite his success, his massive inferiority complex has made him so afraid of losing his modelesque wife that he lavishly overspends on her. And, in order to keep his coffers full, he has begun stealing. In fact, he’s quite good at it and has become one of the country’s greatest art thieves. One thing that makes him so successful is the set of rules he’s developed about how to steal and from whom.

Unfortunately, Roger’s life becomes entangled with the worst-possible mark, Clas Greve, played with dangerous charm by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Clas is a former mercenary who crosses Roger’s path and presents him with an opportunity to steal an extremely valuable painting. As Roger begins to break his own rules, his delicately balanced house of cards begins to disintegrate, and he finds himself in increasingly hot water.

Adapted from the novel by best-selling crime novelist Jo Nesbø, HEADHUNTERS has become the highest-grossing Norwegian film of all time and has already been tapped for a sure-to-be-watered-down Hollywood remake. In its native country, it even outsold the latest TRANSFORMERS movie. And no wonder: it’s a smart, funny, thrilling heist movie that is remarkably well acted and directed.

—Ned Hinkle