HIDDEN aka SKJULT (2009) Reviews and overview

 

Hidden – Norwegian: Skjult – is a 2009 Norwegian psychological horror feature film written and directed by Pål Øie, which stars Kristoffer Joner, Karin Park and Bjarte Hjelmeland.

Plot:

A small boy runs as fast as he can through a pitch-dark forest. Blinded by fear, the kid runs across a forest road without seeing the trailer truck coming. The truck misses the boy, with the driver starting to lose control of the vehicle. This triggers a chain reaction that leaves another boy without his family, who are killed when the trailer crashes into their car.

After his mother’s death, KK (Kai Koss) returns to his hometown to settle her affairs. He has been away for 19 years, trying to escape and forget about his mother’s cruel treatment of him. He soon realizes that he can’t outrun his past. The film revolves around two boys, unknown to one another, yet a tragic accident brings them together.

The night of the accident was the night KK finally attempted to escape his mother’s abuse and was running through the woods. At the same time, Peter’s parents had pulled over to the side of the road for their young son to take a leak. While running from his mother, KK darts out onto a narrow road in front of an oncoming mack truck. The truck misses him but hits the car Peter’s parents are in. After jumping out of the truck’s way, KK is devastated, realizing he caused the accident. His eyes meet Peter’s across the trees. Poor Peter stands there traumatized, as the flames eat away at his parents’ bodies. KK then proceeds to escape his mother, who is chasing him. Years later, he returns to deal with his mother’s death and her deteriorating house…

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