Director: Frida Kempff
Writer: Emma Brostrom (Screenplay) Johan Theorin (Novel)
Starring: Cecilia Milocco, Albin Grenholm, Ville Virtanen, Krister Kern, Alexander Salzberger, Charlotta Akerblom
Plot: A woman leaves a psychiatric ward after a nervous breakdown, only to start hearing mysterious knocking sounds in her apartment.
Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Knocking starts as we meet Molly (Milocco) a woman who has just checked out of a psychiatric ward after dealing with an emotional loss, returning to her home in an apartment complex. As Molly looks to settle down in her new environment, she starts to hear knocking coming from the surrounding apartments, leading her to start investigating her new neighbours.
As Molly starts to believe something criminal is happening around her, she starts to find herself building her own narratives around her neighbours, leaving us wondering if she is right, or if the medication isn’t working correctly.
Thoughts on Knocking
Characters & Performances – Molly is the woman who has lost someone close to her, leaving her inside a psychiatric ward, with her getting released to try and rebuild her life. She gets an apartment where she can look to try and fix things, but finds herself getting obsessed by knocking believing somebody is in trouble. She looks for help, but gets none, leading her down the path of trying to find out the truth herself, re-living her own nightmare as motivation for the truth. Cecilia Milocco is tremendous in the leading role, taking up every scene of the film with her ability to show the uncertainty her character is going through. When we look at the supporting cast, we get a mix of the doctors who helped Molly and the potential suspects that live in the apartment building, each one we only get to learn the same as Molly, keeping us within her viewpoint of the character.
Story – The story here follows a woman that has been released from a psychiatric hospital that is looking to put her life back together, only to find herself tormented by knocking from another apartment in the building. This is a story that shows the character Molly needing to restart her life after her own loss, we get plenty of signs of rebirth through sequences that Molly experiences, with the nagging sense something isn’t right in the building being the one thing holding her back from putting her past behind her. The story is presented in a way that Molly is playing detective, without getting to have the non-accusation conversations with her neighbours, which will continue to present her as distant from everyone else around her. The story will keep you hooked, as you do want to know the answers to the big main questions both from the past and the present.
Themes – Knocking is a psychological thriller that will continue to keep you guessing as to what is going on, as the tension feels like it can be cut with a knife, as Molly starts to find her potential new life crashing down around her, wanting to save someone. This is helped by keeping most of the intense scenes within the apartment, only letting the investigation moments occur outside with the minor interactions.
FrightFest Presents and Signature Entertainment present Knocking at FrightFest 29th August and on Digital Platforms 15th November
Final Thoughts – Knocking is a tension filled thriller that will keep the unease of every scene front and centre of the film.