3 Unmissable European Psychological Thrillers

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Sleep Tight – Spain

3 Unmissable European Psychological Thrillers

Our deepest fears will betray our minds. The apparent deception that can play with the human mind has been a source of many works of fiction. Celebrating the airing of the Dutch psychological thriller Silent Fear, we have selected three other European movies of the genre you should not miss!

Sleep Tight – Spain

Directed by Jaume Balagueró, the same man behind the horror blockbuster [REC], Sleep Tight, delivers quite the opposite . . . a sleepless night! This award-winning thriller makes one think about waking up day after day in the comfort and security of one’s home. But how safe is it really?

In the movie, César, superbly played by Luis Tósar, is a troubled doorman with a fetish for secretly tormenting his residents. As he focuses on the building's cheeriest tenant, César becomes determined to ruin her life by any means necessary.

Elle - France

Directed by multiple award-winning director Paul Verhoeven, Elle chronicles how a successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. The production is based on the novel, Oh, by Philippe Djian, which received the Prix Interallié in France.

Elle premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film; it was also selected as the French entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not nominated. At the 42nd César Awards in France, the film received eleven nominations, and won Best Film.

The Hunt - Denmark

Starring award-winning actor Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie is taken as truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man's life.

In the film, Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher, has been forced to start over, having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

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Elle

Elle - France

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The Hunt - Denmark

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