fedorahatcat-deactivated2013011 asked: Hello there. I see you've reviewed few European noirish movies so I wonder if you've seen the Belgian movie "Loft" (2008). To my mind the flick is much better than the hyped "Girl with the dragon tattoo".
I have not seen this, but I will try to do so. Euro-noir is hot right now, but I feel the term “noir” is thrown around with little regard to its substantive meaning. I have recommended Jens Lapidus’ Snabba Cash film, and the English translation of his novel, Easy Money (which I reviewed for Crime Fiction Lover).
I’m not sure how noirish or hardboiled The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is. I’ve gone back and forth in my own head regarding whether it should be classified in the hardboiled tradition (remember, noir is an offshoot of hardboiled, rather than the other way around) or not.
I haven’t seen Loft, but what I’ve read about it sounds very good. So I will put that on the to-watch list. I’ve also heard good things about Headhunters, based on a Jo Nesbo novel.
What say you, tumblchums? Any Euro-noir recommendations (book or film)? And should Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy be classified as noir or hardboiled? I’m anxious to hear your opinions. This would also be a good time to point out that Dispatches From Noir now utilizes Disqus, so feel free to comment and debate to your heart’s content.