6.0/10
665
5 user 17 critic

Pyromaniac (2016)

Pyromanen (original title)
A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don't know he's not a stranger, but one of them. We follow him, the fire brigade chief's own son, spreading fear in secret.

Director:

Erik Skjoldbjærg
Reviews
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Nokas (2010)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The movie portrays Norway's most spectacular robbery, where 11 men occupied central Stavanger for twenty minutes and escaped with 57 million kroner (appx $10 million). A police officer was shot and killed.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Stars: Marit Synnøve Berg, Frode Winther, Morten Larsen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In a modern version of Ibsen's stage play we meet TV-celebrity Tomas Stockman going back to his native village to produce the world's purest bottle water. The plant will bring new life and ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Stars: Jørgen Langhelle, Trine Wiggen, Pia Tjelta
Pioneer (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Stars: Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang
Framing Mom (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The bride finds a baby on the toilet floor in the hotel. 16 years later the girl turns upon her doorstep, in need to find her biological parents. A funny, touching story about how sex, lies and biology created a beautiful flower, Rosemari.

Director: Sara Johnsen
Stars: Ruby Dagnall, Kristian Fjord, Laila Goody
Out of Nature (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A journey inside Martin's head. He's on a weekend mountain trip, and we get to know his thoughts. Unsensored, essential, existential and silly about feelings and fantasies. A recognizable film about being human, and how we tick and think.

Directors: Ole Giæver, Marte Vold
Stars: Ole Giæver, John Sigurd Kristensen, Rebekka Nystabakk
Death Watch (1980)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In a future where dying of illness is exceedingly rare, a terminally ill woman becomes a celebrity and a man with camera implants goes to secretly record her for a morbid TV show.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Stars: Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton
Insomnia (1997)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Maria Mathiesen
Pitbullterje (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The only friend Jim can get is the only friend he really doesn't want, the fat boy called Pitbullterje. But for the first time in life he will experience that a friend can be both easy and difficult to cope with.

Director: Arild Fröhlich
Stars: Petrus Andreas Christensen, Jørgen Foss, Robert Lindahl Haug
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A couple decide to open a home for refugees in the remote cold mountains of Norway, and gets a lot to deal with.

Director: Rune Denstad Langlo
Stars: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Olivier Mukuta, Slimane Dazi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It's not easy to rebel when your dad wants to join the party... One day (in 1979), Magnus and his son Nikolaj hit the wall in their new terrace house in Rykkinn. Magnus is an architect, ... See full summary »

Director: Jens Lien
Stars: Sven Nordin, Åsmund Høeg, Sonja Richter
Kings Bay (2017)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

21 died in the explosion in the kings bay-accident in Ny-Ålesund in Spitsbergen i 1962. The accident led to the fall of the Norwegian labor party government ruling since WW2. Was this really an accident, and was it under Norwegian control?

Director: Stig Svendsen
Stars: Maria Bock, Jørgen Langhelle, Erik Hivju
Kielergata (TV Series 2018)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jonas has started a new life and lives in Scandinavia's least criminal town. But the facade falls when Jonas realizes that other inhabitants are former criminals with dark secrets. They will do anything it takes to protect their new lives.

Stars: Thorbjørn Harr, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Ylva Fuglerud
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trond Nilssen ... Dag (as Trond Hjort Nilssen)
Per Frisch Per Frisch ... Ingemann
Liv Bernhoft Osa Liv Bernhoft Osa ... Alma
Henrik Rafaelsen ... Lensmannen
Oddgeir Thune ... Alfred
Agnes Kittelsen ... Elsa
Gerdi Schjelderup Gerdi Schjelderup ... Johanna
Per Tofte Per Tofte ... Olav
Kari Onstad Winge Kari Onstad Winge ... Agnes
Kirsti Grundtvig Kirsti Grundtvig ... Postsjef (as Kirsti Grundvig)
Geir Myre Geir Myre ... Kaddeberg
Amund Hestsveen Amund Hestsveen ... Journalist
Patrik Stenseth Patrik Stenseth ... Tommy
Steffen Mulder Steffen Mulder ... Stig
Ane Kirkeng Jørgensen Ane Kirkeng Jørgensen ... Anne
Edit

Storyline

A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don't know he's not a stranger, but one of them. We follow him, the fire brigade chief's own son, spreading fear in secret.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on true story | See All (1) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

13 January 2017 (Estonia) See more »

Also Known As:

Pyromaniac See more »

Filming Locations:

Kristiansand, Norway

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

FESK OG POTEDES
Performed by Boknakaran
Music by Jan Arvid Johansen, lyrics by Helge Stangnes
(C)(P) Boknakaran 1994
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A portrait of a troubled young man
23 February 2017 | by peefynSee all my reviews

This is a slow moving film, more interested in the character and his position within the small village, than it is in the actual fires themselves. Don't expect a lot of dramatic sequences.

The character that this movie follows is quite interesting. Understanding a pyromaniac is difficult, and I'm sure every case is different. The way this story is presented, you can understand (on some level) what motivates him to do what he does. Some of the best sequences in the film are of him interacting with other locals, where you can feel the tension in him. There's also a few tragic moments, where you can see how he is struggling to find his place in the small village.

For some reason, the director chooses to downplay the possible tension inherit in this movie. I think I like what he is doing, but I can also imagine someone else making a movie that is just as interesting as a character portrait, but doesn't feel as slow.

As a Norwegian, I also have to comment on the weird mix of dialects this movie got going on. It kind of breaks the realism of this being a village from the south of Norway. Oh well.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed