Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil ★★★

While on holiday in Tuscany, a Danish family becomes fast friends with a fellow travelling family from the Netherlands. Months later, when an invitation arrives encouraging the Danish family to visit the Dutch in their countryside home, they don’t hesitate to plan a quick getaway. Even in reality and not in the context of the film, that seems like a red flag, but as Tufdrup explores the character dynamic between the two couples, it makes more sense as to why the Danish couple would want to meet with them. Bjørn (Morten Burian) and Louise (Sidsel Siem Koch) are more reserved and play by the rules, while Patrick (Fedja van Huêt) and Karin (Karina Smulders) are free spirits, enjoying life with no bounds. Bjorn misses that freedom that he once had as a young boy and enjoys Patrick’s carefree nature because of it.

The Dutch family welcomes the Danish family for the weekend, as they engage in fun conversations over different food and drinks. As the drinks start to flow, Bjørn and Louise start to loosen up but seem to still be uncomfortable with how open Patrick and Karin are with each other in front of them. As the weekend goes on, the couples explore each other’s personalities and test each other’s limits. There is one major confrontation that shifts the dynamic and is the turning point of the film. It so happens that Patrick and Karin aren’t just eccentric and free-spirited, but they are hiding something much more disturbing that unfolds a bit too late in the third act to make a big impact.

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