excitingly tense thriller with a twist, ID:A is about a young woman who has
lost her memory and as she gradually
finds her way back to her home country,
Denmark, she begins to discover that
her forgotten life had been a nightmare
from which there is danger and tragedy
she cannot escape...
COMING ROUND IN A RIVER IN FRANCE, a young woman staggers to an hotel in
a nearby village where, faced with signing the register, she realises that she
cannot remember who she is.
Giving herself the name Aliena Amiel (Tuva Novotny: Eat Pray Love; Stoned),
she is befriended by Pierre Blanchare (Arnaud Binard), the son of the hotel
owner. She is clutching a duffel bag and when she opens it she finds two million
euros and a handgun.
She has a cut on her forehead and is surprised to see her abdomen has recently
been operated on as she still bears the stitches. Strangely, Ugo Marshall (Slavo
Bulatovic) a politician who was known for his controversial proposal to cancel
Third World debt to the industrialised countries was found dead at his home
that morning, along with another man. The body of a local workman was also found
two kilometres away.
Is there some connection between these deaths and Aliena? When two men come
to the hotel asking if a young man booked in, Pierre's mother tells them that
their description fits that of a young woman who is staying at the hotel.
Aliena finds herself being followed and as Pierre tries to help her put her
life together, she also discovers that she can understand Danish. She has no
idea what she was doing in France. Having changed her appearance, she makes
her way to Denmark and on the bus she hears an opera singer on a Walkman whose
voice sounds familiar.
The young man playing the recording tells her it is Just Ore (Flemming Enevold:
The Killing II) and she checks out his concert tour. But she is still
being pursued by some unknown assailants and, as she uncovers her very real,
very traumatic life, she receives a call from her sister Mariette (Marie-Louise
Wille), telling her that their brother Martin (Carsten Bjørnlund: The Thing;
The Killing II) has disappeared.
Little by little, Aliena begins to recall the events leading up to her memory
loss and, as she does so, she realises that the envied life she has led is a
fragile world fraught with tragedy and danger with more shocks to come.
Following a long line of superlative and compelling amnesia-based thrillers
such as Spellbound, the Bourne trilogy, Total Recall, Memento,
Mulholland Drive and others, ID:A boasts a taut Hitchcockian plot
that expertly teases the viewer with gradually revealed fragments of information
before unveiling the final shocking truth about Aliena's life and who she really
is. Tense and exciting, ID:A is a terrific crime thriller that doesn't
give too much away.
ID:A also features: John Buijsman as Rob; Rogier Philipoom as Guus; Jens
Jørn Spottag as HP; Francoise Lebrun as Isabelle; Koen Wouterse as Tim; Simon
van Lammeren as Johan; Henrik Prip as Ove; Ann Hjort as Dolly; Joen Bille as
Anton; Jens Saetter Lassen as Dreng; and the superbly empathetic Finn Neilsen
From Lars Von Trier's Zentropa Productions comes ID:A, a brand new thriller
Directed by Christian E Christiansen, Director of the Oscar-nominated live-action
short film Om Natten (At Night) and last year's number one US
box office smash The Roommate. Produced by Louise Vesth (Melancholia);
Executive Producers are Peter Garde (Melancholia; Antichrist), Peter
Aalbaek Jensen (Melancholia; Antichrist) and Marie Gade.
ID:A is the latest addition to an impressive wave of intelligent, high
quality Scandinavian crime thrillers that includes Borgen, Wallander,
The Killing and the screen adaptations of Stieg Larsson's Millennium
From the Producers of Lars Von Trier's Melancholia and Antichrist
comes ID:A, which will be released on DVD by Chelsea Films on 2 April
2012. Certificate: 15 | RRP: £12.99 | Running Time: 100 Minutes.
"Tense and exciting, ID:A is a terrific crime thriller that doesn't give
too much away"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar