The Element of Crime Poster

Release Date: September 11th, 1995

DVD Release Date: September 19th, 2000

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
Fisher (Michael Elphick), an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne (Esmond Knight), a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology. Fisher begins to use Osbourne's technique, which involves empathizing with serial killers; however, as the detective becomes increasingly engrossed in this method, things take a disturbing turn.

Cast: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells, Ahmed El Shenawi, Astrid Henning-Jensen, János Herskó, Stig Larsson

Director: Lars von Trier

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: Per Holst Filmproduktion

Keywords: Transformation, Investigation, Quest, Mystery


Winner Best Danish Film
Bodil Awards (1985)
Winner Best Danish Film
Robert Award (1985)
Winner Best Cinematography
Robert Award (1985)