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It would be easy to describe "In Order of Disappearance" as Norwegian Tarantino. While not incorrect, the comparison overlooks quite a lot that's charming in Hans Petter Moland's 2014 film that has nothing to do with the director of "Pulp Fiction". After a few Nordic establishing shots, the film opens with Nils and his missis, Gudrun, preparing for an award ceremony.Though it's true that traces of dry humor laced hard-boiled fiction and film noir, Tarantino has been credited with increasing the mob picture's dosage of banal comedy (and gore).Among the most intelligent (and funny) post-Tarantino U.S. gangster films to emerge has been "Seven Psychopaths," by the Anglo-Irish writer-director responsible for the much quieter 2008 effort "In Bruges".Moland and Aakeson's work is closer to Hong's in that the narrative (and attendant comedy) hinges on a shiftless and incompetent police force – unwilling to step out of the squad car to dispense a parking ticket, likely to barf at the sight of a corpse and, as demonstrated after the film's climactic Mexican standoff, likely to burst into tears.The narrative engine of "Disappearance" is family, specifically the relationship of fathers and sons.For a genre picture, "Disappearance" is an unexpected ride.
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