Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman Talk Torture Scene in The Secrets We Keep [Exclusive Interview]

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Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman in The Secrets We Keep

World War II exhibited harsh memories for both the victims and the aggressors. The victims wanted to forget the atrocities bestowed upon them. The aggressors wished to hide their unforgivable actions. No matter how violent or devastating their experience—most do not want to talk about it again.

In this drama The Secrets We Keep, Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman star as two immigrants in America who started new lives in America and kept dark secrets from their new families. Also, it stars Chris Messina and Amy Seimetz in supporting roles. Yuval Adler directed the film from a script written by Adler and Ryan Covington.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In a small U.S. town, far from the horrors of the Nazi labor camp where Maja (Rapace) was held with other Romani prisoners, she and her American husband Lewis (Messina) have built a cozy life. But as she runs errands along the main street of her small town, Maja glimpses a stranger (Kinnaman) whistling a nightmarishly familiar tune. Spiraling back to a night she has tried to forget, she fears he is the German soldier named Karl, who brutalized her and murdered her younger sister. But after 15 years, can she be sure? Fearful that her tragic past has come back to haunt her, she begins to stalk the man, hoping to convince herself she is wrong.

Deciding that it’s him, she kidnaps him, knocking him unconscious and locking him in the trunk of her car. After driving him to her home, she insists that her husband help her interrogate the man. Begging for his life, the prisoner swears she has the wrong man, claiming his name is Thomas and that he spent the entire war in Switzerland. Over the next several days, Lewis watches in horror as Maja torments her captive, only offering to release him if he confesses. Meanwhile, the man’s wife (Seimetz) presses the police to launch a manhunt for her missing husband, putting pressure on Maja and Lewis to bring the situation to an uncertain conclusion.

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Noomi Rapace captured the international entertainment community with her breakthrough performance as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She garnered further praise in the following installments of The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Recently, she was in season two of Amazon’s series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. She starred in notable blockbusters, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Joel Kinnaman had his breakout role with the Swedish crime drama Snabba Cash (Easy Money). He gained international fame as the detective Stephen Holder in AMC/Netflix series The Killing. He co-starred in the Amazon series Hanna, which is based on the action film of the same name. Currently, he stars as the astronaut Ed Baldwin in Apple TV+’s For All Mankind. He starred in notable blockbusters, including RoboCop remake and Suicide Squad, in which he is set to reprise his role in the sequel.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke exclusively with actors Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman earlier this week about their roles.

The Secrets We Keep is now playing in select theaters and releases on VOD on October 16.

Watch the exclusive interview below.

Source: LRM Online exclusive, Bleecker Street

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