Set against a wintry landscape In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) follows a steady pileup of victims accompanied by a card listing the name and religious affiliation. Ingvar Dickman (Aron Eskeland) becomes accidentally caught up in a gangland dispute. The cause of his death is recorded as a Heroin overdose but his Swedish-born father Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård) refuses to accept this. Nils, a snow plough driver has just received the “Citizen of the Year” award in his small mountain town in Norway. When his suspicions are confirmed by one of Ingvar’s friends Finn (Tobias Santelmann), he prepares to avenge his son’s death.
Cocaine is being trafficked through the local airport; Finn had taken a bag thinking that the gangsters wouldn’t notice which is the cause of the situation. Finn has a connection and first lead for Nils, a guy named Jappe (Jan Gunnar Røise), who lives in the city. Nils beats him and then shoots him with Jappe’s own gun and leaves the first of many title cards’ which individually list the victims name and religious affiliation. Persistence is key, as Finn leads to Jappe, Jappe leads to Ronaldo (Kåre Conradi), who leads to Strike (Kristofer Hivju), who refuses to name names.
Nils visits his estranged brother (Peter Andersson), who, in his mob days, was known as “Wingman” who he agrees to look into it further connections. Nils must get through a lot of middlemen before he can kill “the Count” (Pal Sverre Hagen), a dangerous drug lord who is as coldblooded about his business dealings as he is passionate about his five-a-day vegan diet. The cast of characters includes a Japanese Danish assassin “the Chinaman” (David Sakurai) and two gay gangsters (Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Jakob Oftebro) who are forced to keep their romance under wraps. As the body count rises, complications set in as the Count wrongly suspects the killing of his men is from a rival Serbian gang led by Papa (Bruno Ganz). Nils becomes caught in the crossfire.
“Stellan Skarsgard plays a snowplow driver who will stop at nothing to bring his son’s killers to justice in this satisfying Norwegian crime thriller.”
— Peter Debruge, Variety
“In Order of Disappearance is the movie Quentin Tarantino might have made if he were charged with building an action film around Stellan Skarsgård and filming it, on a relatively modest scale, in snowiest Scandinavia.”
— The Village Voice
“A rip-roaring revenge tale heats up the frozen North.”
— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Did You Know?
The character of Nils Dickman is a Swede living in Norway. In an interview the director reflected on the relationship between the two countries, comparing them to Wales and England or Connecticut and New York. In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) also marks director Han Petter Moland’s fourth collaboration with actor Stellan Skarsgård. Review our Gay Themed Films Here