A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Murder and lying are shown as a matter-of-fact way of life, with very little concern or consequences.
Positive Role Models
All of the characters behave in either rude or despicable ways or are outright criminals.
Violence & Scariness
Slo-mo sequence of car going out of control, with car and driver falling over a cliff. A secondary character is said to have died via suicide; a suggestive flashback shows (possibly) someone jumping out of a boat, tied to a weight. Explosion. Description of someone dying via suicide by "sticking a pencil into her eye." Another person tries to do the same but fails.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic sex scene: No explicit nudity, but thrusting and grunting. A man has a dream that women are flirting with him. A man wakes up with a strange woman in his bed. Character leaves spouse for a lover. Married character admits that he's "had other women." Sex talk.
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Several uses of "f--k," plus "bulls--t," "bitch," "crap," "semen," and exclamatory use of "Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character narrates at one point that he's been indulging in too many pills and too much liquor. (He decides to stop.) Character gulps down glasses of whiskey, wakes up hung over. Many scenes of social drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Intrigo: Death of an Author is the first movie in a trilogy of thrillers based on novels by Swedish author Hakan Nesser (the others are Intrigo: Dear Agnes and Intrigo: Samaria). It focuses on a man who tries to kill his wife and then discovers that she may still be alive. Violent scenes include murder sequences, a car going out of control and falling over a cliff in slow motion, an explosion, potential suicide, and descriptions of violence. Language includes several uses of "f--k," and uses of "bulls--t," "bitch," and more. A graphic sex scene shows thrusting and moaning, though there's no explicit nudity. A man wakes up with a strange woman in his bed, and there's sex talk and discussions about married people having other partners. The narrator mentions taking too many pills and drinking too much. He gulps glasses of whiskey, and lots of social drinking is shown, as well as cigarette smoking. Ben Kingsley co-stars. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Slow-moving, convoluted, and chilly, this mystery (based on a novel by Swedish author Hakan Nesser) has the right ingredients, but it frequently feels disconnected, and it doesn't completely click. Intrigo: Death of an Author is the first part of a trilogy, all based on works by Nesser, all murder stories of a kind, and all with at least one scene set at the "Intrigo" cafe. Some mysteries are written backward, with the conclusion in place, and then move through the solution to the setup. Certainly this movie had its ending figured out, but it can't work out a beginning that seems logical.
For a long time, very little the characters do makes any sense, from Harry's reason for visiting Henderson to Daniel and Eva's remaining on vacation together even after they break up. The actors also seem a little lost when it comes to expressing how much they know -- or are supposed to know -- and they all seem a little blank (except Kingsley, who chews some pretty good scenery). Director Daniel Alfredson, who also made the second and third parts of the original smash hit Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, provides plenty of exotic backdrops, from sun-dappled verandas to gorgeous hotel rooms. But the characters move through them at such a sleepy pace that Intrigo: Death of an Author feels more like postcards than a movie.
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