You may be familiar with the term Stockholm syndrome, but have you ever thought about where it comes from?
The new film Stockholm (in some countries its called The Captor) — “based on an absurd but true story”— details a 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, where the hostages get to the point of defending their captor.
Ethan Hawke takes on the role of a machine gun-wielding man, who compares him and his accomplice (Mark Strong) to that of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Swedish actress Noomi Rapace plays the bank teller who develops a soft spot for the assailant.
Writer-director Robert Budreau has taken some liberties with the retelling of this story. The real bank robber was a Swedish man named Jan-Erik Olsson. Hawke’s character is American and has been renamed Lars Nystrom. Rapace’s bank teller is a composite character based on the actual captives from the standoff with police, which lasted six days. We only get a brief look at Rapace at the end of the clip, with her ducked down behind the counter.
We’re used to seeing Rapace on the other side of danger, portraying Lisbeth Salander in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. But, she is no damsel in distress in Stockholm, with Hawke’s character even complimenting her bravery.
The previously released trailer helps flesh out the story:
Stockholm is currently in U.S. theaters and will release in the U.K., and online, on June 21.
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