Unlocked - Emil Johnsen - Sweden

Unlocked (Sweden, 2010) by Eurochannel





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Unlocked (Isolerad, 2010)

Director: Johan Lundborg, Johan Storm
Cast: Emil Johnsen, Ylva Gallon, Peter Stormare
Genre: Thriller
Length: 80’


When Frank moved into his new flat, he dreamed of a peaceful building with nice neighbors and cheap rent. The last thing he wanted was terror. However, that’s just what he gets in Unlocked, a terrifying Swedish thriller, where fear comes home to roost.

Frank is a young student in search of tranquillity. He’s almost finished with a long period of medical school, and knowing that his future work will, quite literally, be a matter of life and death, he wants a safe place to relax when he’s off the clock. His simple dream soon becomes a nightmare, courtesy of his new neighbours, Lotte and her boyfriend Micke. Lotte seems, at first, to just be an annoyingly chatty girl, but when the obsessive Micke becomes suspicious of Frank things take a turn for the worse.

Micke falls into a jealous rage, suspecting that Frank is trying to steal his girlfriend. He tries to drive Frank away, first by making death threats. Soon, Micke follows Frank everywhere; through the halls of the building, to his own front door, and even down into the dark alleyways behind the building. Frank’s home has become a hellish prison, and Micke is his warden.

With clear influences of Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski and Brian De Palma, directorial team Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm have fashioned a smooth and elegant psychological thriller with a liberal dose of old-fashioned horror.


Lonely medical student Frank is pleased with his flat: a safe, quiet haven where he can relax. When he meets his intrusive neighbor Lotte, he realizes that something may be wrong. Each time he leaves his apartment, Frank finds something new to fear.

• Unlocked was awarded at the Brussels European Film Festival in 2010 with the Cineuropa Prize.
• In 2011 the film took part in several film festivals such as the Valladolid International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, among others.
• Emil Johnsen, the main character, speaks Norwegian, Swedish and English fluently as mother tongues due to his background. His mother is British, his father Norwegian and he was raised in both Sweden and South Africa.

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