I saw the 1997 film, ‘Insomnia’, this past weekend. It is a Norwegian film, directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. It was remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan and I am looking forward to seeing this version of the film soon.
Insomnia was very sinister and bleak. I thoroughly enjoyed it and its exploration of relationships, the nature of crime, and retribution. The locations are dark, foggy, confusing, and harsh, mimicking the tale the film tells.
The cinematic technique of jump cuts were used a a number of times to add to the creepy impression of this film. A jump cut is when the shot cuts to another that only varies slightly from the previous, a jarring effect.