Intrigo: Death of an Author

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Intrigo: Death of an Author
Directed byDaniel Alfredson
Written byDaniel Alfredson
Birgitta Bongenhielm
Produced byRick Dugdale
Thomas Peter Friedl
Uwe Schott
CinematographyPaweł Edelman
Edited byHåkan Karlsson
Music byAnders Niska
Klas Wahl
Distributed byLionsgate
Release dates
  • October 11, 2018 (2018-10-11) (Germany and Austria)
  • January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes
United States

Intrigo: Death of an Author is a 2018 German-Swedish-American mystery crime drama film directed by Daniel Alfredson and starring Ben Kingsley and Benno Fürmann. The film is based on a series of novellas by Håkan Nesser.[1] It is the first of the Intrigo franchise of films.[1]


David finds the author Alex Henderson living alone on a Greek island. David tells him the story of his novel which interweaves the story of his own life. Nothing is made very clear as the film switches back and forth from the conversation to the plot of the novel and the parallels to David's life.



Intrigo: Death of an Author has an 11% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on nine reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10.[2] Based on 5 critics on Metacritic, the film has a score of 45 out of a 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

Nell Minow of awarded the film three stars, explaining her reasoning by writing that "Intrigo: Death of an Author tells us that the gulf between what we want to know and what we can know may never be illuminated".[4] David Robb of Slant Magazine awarded it one and a half stars out of four, criticizing it for being "neither the visceral pleasures of noir nor the precision to uncover deeper thematic resonances".[5]

According to Glenn Kenny of The New York Times, "The stagings are stilted; the relations between the conflicted characters never catch fire".[6]

Michael Rechtshaffen of the Los Angeles Times wasn't impressed by the film either. His reaction was: "[W]hen it comes to intricately strategized stories involving writers and their output, their telling would ultimately have been better served by the reader's imagination".[7]


The film has two sequels, Intrigo: Dear Agnes and Intrigo: Samaria,[1] which were released in Germany on October 10, 2019. Phoebe Fox, from the cast of the latter, makes a cameo appearance in this film. All three films have scenes in the café Intrigo.


  1. ^ a b c Scheck, Frank (15 January 2020). "'Intrigo: Death of an Author': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Intrigo: Death of an Author". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Intrigo: Death of an Author (2020)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  4. ^ Minow, Nell (17 January 2020). "Intrigo: Death of an Author". Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  5. ^ Robb, David (13 January 2020). "Review: Intrigo: Death of an Author Is Damned by Its Lack of Self-Awareness". Slant Magazine.
  6. ^ Kenny, Glenn (16 January 2020). "'Intrigo: Death of an Author' Review: Many Mysteries, Fewer Thrills". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  7. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (16 January 2020). "Review: Nimble thriller 'Intrigo: Death of an Author' can't stick the landing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 August 2021.

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