REVIEW OF 'THE EXCEPTION' - THE DANISH PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER


"Parkland Entertainment are delighted to announce the release of the tense Danish psychological thriller, The Exception which will be available on Digital Download from January 22nd. Based on the best seller by Christian Jungersen, The Exception stars Raised By Wolves actor Amanda Collin, Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen & Westworld), Lene Maria Christensen (Terribly Happy & The Legacy) and Danica Curcic (The Mist & Silent Heart). The book sold more than 200,000 copies before being adapted into a film by Christian Torpe. Iben, Malene, Anne-Lise and Camilla are four women working together in a daily routine marked by power struggles, whispers and alliances. When Iben and Malene each receive death threats, they start to suspect a Serbian war criminal, whom they have been writing articles about. However, when a case of bullying in the office escalates, they slowly begin to wonder if the evil comes from themselves.

Commenting on the release, Director Jesper W. Nielsen said "I am very excited about working with such strong and talented actresses in a story about human beings and the darkest corners of their minds. Together, we will enter a fascinating universe of women consisting of extremely interesting and complex characters that not only lie to each other, but also to themselves. An unfortunate mixture that allows evil to reign." PRESS RELEASE

The Exception was released across all major UK Digital Platforms on 22nd January including iTunes, AppleTV, Sky Store, Google Play, Amazon, Virgin, Curzon Home Cinema & Chili (& BT on rental only from 1st Feb)"



TURNINGPOINT'S REVIEW


"According to Aristotle, human beings are “social animals” and therefore naturally seek the companionship of others as part of their well being."


Humans are social animals dependent on society for food, protection, education, comfort and various other services which the society provides. People satisfy themselves fulfilling their needs and satisfying themselves being a member of the society. The society fulfills the needs through relationship. So society has got human interactions" - Referenced from https://binged.it/2KXn6ZM


The Exception is a gripping psychological thriller, that allows the audience to experience third hand from an observational point of view the complexities of human connection and its repercussions. However, the film is also a reflection of how we, as human beings can be easily lead and the need for social engagement can often interfere with our perception of ourselves and the truth of who we are.


The film was a delicate yet intricate insight into the complexities of personalities and how when throw together they have the capacity to influence the other, and how easily at times it is for individuals to merge into that collective energy of influence loosing sight of who they truly are. The seed of obligation to others, once planted, whether out of compassion or guilt, and depending upon how connected and honest we are with ourselves, depends on how far down the rabbit hole we allow ourselves to be lead, to be rendered helpless to the stories and dramas of those around us, With the significant thread of needing to be a part of something more, or seemingly bigger than ourselves.


The juxtaposing drama of three women in an office together, all seeming on the surface to exhibit a perceived personal strength of character and a willingness to be part of the hen picking society because a new Mother Hen starts the firm and then the shadow sides of each woman starts to reveal themselves and their egos and territorial instincts over-ride human compassion and the willingness to accept social integration with another person. Therefore, from this place, the film also depicted the complexities of loyalty at the risk of sabotaging ones own personal values and beliefs.




However, after all that has been said, for me, what this film exposed was that if fundamentally we are not prepared to look at ourselves, at the man in the mirror, to face our demons or shadow side, then we will attract and be at the mercy and exploits of others, because the power base of who we are and our strength comes from us being honest and truthful with US first.

we do not allow ourselves to be caught up in fragmented situations that disburse the true essence of who we are OR if we do find ourselves slipping into the murky corridors of compromise then if we are aware of who we are and of our truth, we are able to catch the threads of our personal dismantlement and make choices to walk away from a situation or to face it head on. There is something quite subtly powerful and even scary recognising we have choices that we can make, regardless of the outcome.


"As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility." Nelson Mandela

The film also highlighted the power of words to either create or destroy, and the power of communication whether verbal or silent. This was emphasised by the often stormy silences, between the women, and the empty stares and body language which hinted at 'keep out/intruder' and the constant innuendos hurled under breaths all intimating a sense of secret sisterhood, a false sense of belonging to something more powerful than self, whilst dispelling hatred, separation and hostility at the same time.


Human beings are adept at protecting themselves in moments of perceived vulnerability where their weakness may possibility be exposed they build an illusionary wall around them. Keeping others out but one that keeps them trapped inside the world of "I'm Ok" as they watch their world cave in around them. This can be a dangerous state of play if anything were to truly happen, and people's perception of you would not be able to reveal the truth other than what you've presented to them, for why would those close to you not take your word for granted that indeed 'all is well and ok.' even though it is not. Yet each woman even though part of this perceived sisterhood, were also in deceit to each other, and even to loved ones and family. The web of lies and of lying is often hard to stop and becomes a spiralling obsession based on - 'I will never get caught.' There is almost a hunger for the adventure of the hidden that drives individuals to plunge further down the rabbit hole of life.


The film weaves many factors of life into the basket of the psychology of man i.e vulnerability, self-hatred, past experiences, rape, survival, personal health issues, personal emotional issues - all an identification of who we think we are until the hamsters cage is rattled and we are faced with and have to deal with hidden secrets and the manipulative power of our ego.


A great film that offers us insight into our lives and our relationships and the complexities of them all. It was also interesting and refreshing to see in one of the scenes when one of the characters were being bated to take sides, something she had often done before. However, in this instance, she spoke up, she found her voice to speak her truth, to own up that indeed as a group they had been ill-meaning to the newcomer which revealed once again the many layers of mans hidden intentions and how guilt can often be the spark that frees us from our sins.


In the midst of it all each character's shadow side was revealed to themselves as different situations arose, and in the presence of each other, they finally saw the reflections of themselves and how that affected the so called sisterhood of hypocrisy, giving space for personal redemption or the continual denial of.


And yet paradoxically, there was a need and a yearning eventually for all these women to be accepted by each other, to be in a place where they could put their guard down and as the thriller crescendoed where lives were being threatened and the very fabric of their illusion began to fall, there was a desperate need to be understood and to stand with each other. There was even the realisation that they would even fight for each other, when the enemy and threat become one that came from outside sources. For me the moral of what I tool away from The Exception was the need for humanity to be social creatures but also the need for humanity to face their personal truth and to have the courage to stand and face that truth, even if it means to walk alone, to be the Exception, because in that way you are certainly able to make better and more powerful choices.



Digital Release Date: 22nd January

Digital Platforms: iTunes, Sky Store, Google Play, Amazon, Virgin, Curzon Home Cinema, CHILI & BT (rental only 1st Feb)

Director: Jesper W. Nielsen

Cast: Danica Curcic, Amanda Collin, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Lene Maria Christensen

Run Time: 115 Mins

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