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In Western Norway, Rebekka (Siren Jørgensen) is looking for retribution. Under false identity, she seeks out her deceased sister’s violator and embeds herself into his idyllic family to now destroy his life.

The first Canada/Norway co-production in 16 years, Hevn is a remarkable product of financing innovation, a beacon for cash-strapped Cancon producers looking to expand their horizons. Unfortunately, that bit of industry ingenuity is all that sets the film apart, as the thriller is little more than a genre exercise that rehashes a wealth of revenge-movie themes and tropes. Set in an isolated Norwegian community, writer-director Kjersti Steinsbo's movie focuses on Rebekka (Siren Jorgensen), who poses as a travel-magazine writer in town to profile local hotelier Morten (Frode Winther). But as is the case with such movies – where every character's passing glance hints at a dark secret – everything is not as it seems, and the story quickly collapses into itself. Still, Jorgensen's lead performance is strong, even genuinely chilling at points, and the wintry western Norway fjords are shot with an intimidating confidence. It's no surprise that the film, like revenge itself, is best served cold.