Review: Bakerman

Written and directed by David Noel Burke, Jens (Mikkel Vadsholt) has a midlife crisis and chooses to settle some old debts. Also starring: Brian Hjulmann, Siir Tilif, Mia Lerdem, Kiera Nielsen, Hanna Elisa O. Arge and Pejman Khorsand-Jamal.

Bakerman is a film that downplays its hand and remains on the side of understated, this is not a film about flash or glamour; it’s about putting you directly into the perspective of its lead, Jens (Vadsholt), while doing so in true Scandinavian style. With quick cuts and a great score, it isn’t long before your curiosity will be peaked, there may be nothing suspicious happening on screen but the way it’s presented will immediately make you wonder how much more there is to it.

The film has an almost awkward quality, it presents itself exactly as it presents its lead character which is very interesting to watch unfold. The story builds slowly and has the air of impending consequences, that will have you on tenterhooks to find out what those may be. How the plot will twist and turn does not reveal itself quickly, there’s plenty to keep you guessing and with a character as sympathetic and relatable as Jens, you will be crossing your fingers events turn out well for him.

As those events develop and the film turns a corner into its latter stages, a few problems arise in the form of unanswered questions; elements are unclear and the film ends on a note that is rather jarring, as there is much more to be said. It will leave you wanting more but in a slightly unsatisfying fashion, which for a film that’s remained intriguing and captivating throughout, is a shame.

Bakerman is a great piece of indie film, it doesn’t try too hard to be stylish or edgy, the story is interesting and enjoyable to watch unfold. It doesn’t quite live up to the potential it clearly has, with the few issues of story it stumbles into but it is still well worth watching.

Verdict: 7/10

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