Original Title: Isolerad
Lonely medical student Frank (Emil Johnsen) is pleased with his flat, a quiet place to focus on his coming exams. But when he meets the girl upstairs, the intrusive Lotte (Ylva Gallon), he realizes there is something wrong with the place. Each time he leaves his apartment, Frank is scared… the talkative concierge, the annoying child, the love-sick Lotte, her brutal ex-boyfriend and above all, her new jealous boyfriend, the scary Micke (Peter Stormare), they all seem to be Frank’s enemies.
2010; Sweden; Thriller, Psycho; 80 minutes; 35mm, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; Dolby SRD; Original Language: Swedish; Subtitles: English; Dubbed Versions: German
Johan Lundborg, Johan Storm
Johan Lundborg, Johan Storm
Johan Lundborg, Johan Storm
Andrea Östlund, Gunnar Carlsson
Migma Film AB
Erika Von Weissenberg
Johan Lundborg, born 1977, examined from the Film School at Gothenburg University in 2003. Also attended FAMU in Prague and before that studied Drama-Theater-Film at Lund University and worked as assistant director at the Civic Theatre in Thessaloniki in Greece. He has written, shot and edited a number of short films and made the award winning documentary Moving Adult Cats. His latest documentary, Roger Nilson´s Enterprise, will be screened on Swedish Television Autumn 2010. He wrote and directed the thirty minute short Rosenhill (together with Johan Storm), which won the Audience Award for best short at the Gothenburg Film Festival 2009. Most recent production is the psychological thriller Corridor (aka Isolerad) also co-written and co-directed with Johan Storm. The film will be released in Sweden late 2010. Johan was also cinematographer on Rosenhill and Corridor.
2002 The Proud Matador
2000 Catch 116
2009 Roger Nilsson’s Enterprise
2005 Moving Adult Cats
Johan Storm, born 1978, examined from the Film School at Gothenburg University in 2003. He has written about film for the magazine “Filmkonst” (Film Art) and Gothenburg Film Festival’s daily “Draken” and worked as film critic for the daily newspaper “Arbetarbladet”. He worked as assistant manager at Davien Littlefield’s Management in New York and as a high school teacher of film/tv/video. He has worked with script development and with casting for shorts and the feature film Offside. Just now he is making commercials and information films.
2006 Behind the scenes of Saltön 2
2005 Behind the scenes of Offside
2001 We’re looking at the man in the street
2003 Alone and strong
1999 Digging Graves
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a claustrophobic film, in the fine tradition of 1970s US psychological thrillers. (…) Shot almost entirely in interiors (the university, Frank’s flat, the corridors of the building…), one of the film’s most interesting aspects lies in this huis clos effect. The interiors accentuate the characters’ anguish and doubts and, while the space of the action is limited, this encourages an inventive direction that doesn’t need to resort to special effects to create the desired tension and anxiety. What is hidden is usually more horrible than what is shown, and this talented new pair of Swedish directors already seem to know how to use this to effect.
A brilliant exercise in style by two young Swedish directors, Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm, who tackled the psychological thriller genre. Their technical mastery of the genre’s codes is admirably used in the dramatic construction of a complex character who initially repulses viewers, only to better embroil them in his madness and confront them with their own fears.
A Hitchcockian thriller that plunges into paranoia and brutal murder. The film quickly focuses on the basics: paranoia, fear, loneliness. Never had hammer blows been so great! One inevitably thinks of the stifling atmosphere of THE TENANT by Roman Polanski.
Corridor will certainly thrill those who get a chance to see the smart, funny and anxiety-inducing movie. The filmmakers wonderfully mine anxiety from the easily relatable material of an inconvenient living situation and the consequences of mistaken identity, while Johnsen delivers a great performance as the young student whose self-righteous indignation gives way to dread andpanic, as his orderly world of text books and science devolves into a manic fight for survival.
Corridor is Rear Window with sound instead of sight. Writer/Directors Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm have deftly created something gripping that will drive fingernails deep into theater seat arm rests. Beyond the tone and the strong performances, the fear is palpable because of how real it is. Most of the movie takes place in the imagination of the audience, and that’s a powerful tool in delivering a tight story that scares the bodily fluids out of you. What Jaws did for the water, Corridor might do for making new friends in your apartment complex.
Corridor is one of those movies everyone can and will relate to. a damn good movie, an intimate, tense thriller that realizes that there is nothing scarier than not feeling safe in your own home, especially when the man behind your non-safety is a very angry Peter Stormare. Corridor is a small film, the kind of low-key, audience pleaser that not enough people make anymore. There is nothing high concept going on here, just a solid story driven by good actors and a final act that that’s intense because of the stakes but hilarious thanks to a screwball comedy level of intricacy. Corridor is meat and potatoes filmmaking at its very best.
It’s the kind of film that not only keeps you thinking about the plot long after the film is done, but it expanded my mind about human nature and the very stupid things we do when we’re terrified and paranoid, both for good reasons.
The corridor is the metaphore between the lonely human and society. Lundborg and Storm speak the cinema language.
A Polanski’s thriller. The story of a bloody misunderstanding.
Again a good thriller from the ice-cold Sweden. A simple, short, but powerful film.
If I were a film teacher, a filmmaker would receive a degree only if he’s able to pass the test of an efficient, low budget, minimalist thriller. In this regard, Lundborg and Storm’s CORRIDOR meets with praise. (…) The film reminds the terror of Hitchock and Polanski.
The film follows the Scandinavian tradition of psycho thriller, but is also a social critique, which is itself a very, very daunting experiment. (…) Lundborg and Storm mixed reality and hallucination in a very exciting story set up.
The thriller perfectly masters the genre’s basics, but the main point here is the man in the spiritual ruin: Frank, with his anti-social behavior, lacks the social safety net, which adds to the fear.
Influenced by Hitchcock, the first time directors found a very creative way to build a great role model in this genre, and filmed something very exciting. (…) Peter Stormare, Sweden’s number one export product of culture, created what seems to be the perfect villain.
Written and directed by interacting in Isolated to create an exciting atmosphere that keeps us in almost the same horrified emotions for his leading figure. The film deftly balances the whole time to keep us wondering whether the threat against Frank and Lotte is real or only exist in Frank’s head. The psychological pressure on the character keeps growing until Insulated reaches its consistent and emotionally explosive climax
Peter Stormare was one of Ingmar Bergman’s chosen actors at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. For eleven years he played leading roles in Bergman’s theatre productions. He also performed in his TV and film productions, among them Fanny and Alexander. In the early 90s Peter decided to stay in the US and make a career in films. His international breakthrough came through his ruthless portrait of a callous murderer in ”Fargo” by the Coen brothers. After that he has played in a number of prominent Hollywood productions such as Armageddon, The Brothers Grimm, Minority Report, The Big Lebowski etc. with directors such as Steven Spielberg, John Woo and Terry Gilliam as well as in films by the Nordic directors Peter Naess and Lars von Trier. He has also appeared in a number of television productions, notably Prison Break as the mob boss John Abruzzi. His latest production in Sweden was Wolf, where he played the leading character Klemens. The script was written by the well known Swedish writer, Kerstin Ekman, and directed by Daniel Alfredson. Wolf won the Best Artistic Achievement award and the Ecumenical Prize at Montreal 2008.
Peter Stormare is the uncle of one of Corridor’s directors, Johan Storm, and has always taken a keen interest in his nephew’s career. When he read the Corridor script he insisted on being given a part in the film.
2013 The Last Stand
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
2003 Bad Boys II
1998 The Big Lebowski
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park