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Tuesday, October 19, 2021



A woman leaves a psychiatric ward after a nervous breakdown, only to start hearing mysterious knocking sounds in her apartment.

Starring: Cecilia Milocco, Albin Grenholm, and Ville Virtanen

Directed by: Frida Kempff

Written by:  Emma Brostrom and Johan Theorin

  There’s some “Knocking,” but where’s it coming from? That’s the big question Molly (Cecilia Milocco) has to figure out. Molly has recently been released from a psychiatric ward after having a nervous breakdown. As one might expect, entering back into the real world can be hard. She moves into an apartment, and tries to get back to a regular routine. However being alone is just the start of her problems.

  Soon enough she starts hearing some knocking, but isn’t sure where it’s coming from. It can’t be from her apartment so she starts going around the building listening for the sound. It moves from knocking to crying, and she’s convinced that there’s a woman in trouble. Molly calls the police, and basically harasses the  neighbors in trying to find out the truth. Is she spinning out of control again, or is there really a woman in danger in the building?

  The film is going to start off a little like a slow burner. It’s never going to go too fast, but does pick up some as Molly becomes more desperate to find the woman. Clearly the film wants to focus on someone who can be in a position like Molly. Someone who can’t escape their trauma, fears, and anxiety. Someone who’s alone, and can’t find the right help. It shows how hard it is for her to get help, and try to make the people around her believe her. She’s strong and trying to move on, but then there’s the knocking!

  To pull this off there needs to be a great performance and Cecilia delivers. The pressure is certainly on, as the camera seems focused on her most of the time. The camera is going to help showing her emotions, and her desperation at times. Before the audience knows it, they will also feel some desperation in finding out what’s going on here. It all comes to a interesting conclusion, and will definitely have the audience thinking about Molly and all she goes through. 

  “Knocking” is going to be a lot about the horrors that come from within. Molly was traumatized, and fought her way back. She reenters the real world, and quickly finds out that her fight isn’t over. Everyday is a challenge, and that challenge is even bigger when she hears a knocking. The knocking becomes the center of her universe, and makes it almost impossible to move on. A great performance from Cecilia, and some creative camera work will take the audience deep into Molly’s mental state. This film won’t be for everyone, but accomplishes what it sets out to do. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood.


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