Frida Kempf (director)
November 15, 2021 (published)
November 11, 2021
Molly (Cecilia Milocco) is released from secure housing after being committed there following the trauma of a personal loss. Her new home is simple but functional and she still has possession of her personal belongings. Still deeply traumatized, Molly sets out to return to some sort of normality through the simple tasks of unpacking and shopping.
At night, however, she is disturbed by a knock coming from her ceiling at the same time as a red stain appears. Her neighbors don’t know and when she reports what she thinks is an assault, it turns out to be a tiff.
The beatings continue, causing Molly to become increasingly stressed as she also begins to hear a woman crying. As the police are about to cut her off, she takes matters into her own hands.
At 74 minutes, Knocker is an effective, lean psychological thriller with a very strong central performance from Milocco as Molly. With the screenplay by Emma Broström and Johan Theorin (whom the novel is based on), director Frida Kempff keeps the camera tightly focused on Molly, the viewer gets their perspective on the situation, their frustration with the people around as well as his trauma.
There’s a vague recollection of Polanski’s revulsion here though this movie works on a much more visceral level than this. More effective and I would say by design is the dilemma that Molly faces that no one will believe her and they are all men. She is seen as an irritant and a waste of time even when she reports a fight between her neighbors who later deny any knowledge of it. You start to feel sympathy for her and maybe that could have been done with a bit of stuff.
Signature Entertainment will release Knocking on digital platforms starting November 15