Bjorn and his family are invited to Holland by a Dutch couple they met while on a summer vacation in Tuscany, Italy, in Christian Tafdrup’s 2022 film Speak No Evil. Such an invitation surprises Bjorn a lot, and as a result, he can’t stop thinking about it. Bjorn is an example of a cultured man who believes that declining such an invitation would come off as a little rude. Bjorn was reared in a society that valued culture, but after spending a significant amount of his life there, he now feels constricted. He leads a rather routine existence, therefore he never passes up an opportunity to get away from the pressures of city living. Bjorn reassures himself and his family that Patrick is a doctor and has been nice with them, so nothing could possibly go wrong during a brief trip to Holland, after accepting Patrick’s offer. possibly everything When Bjorn chooses to take his family to see the Dutch couple, he makes a decision from which his entire family will ultimately suffer.
Plot Summary: What Is The Film About?
For a much-needed summer vacation, Bjorn has travelled to Italy with his wife, Louise, and preteen daughter, Agnes. At the tourist villa, he meets Patrick, an odd yet endearing man who is on holiday there with his wife Karin and a shy child named Abel. Patrick introduces himself to the entire group of travellers with his outgoing demeanour, but Bjorn, who is more reserved, finds this Dutchman to be the most fascinating because he presumably longs for a personality like to Patrick’s. By complementing Bjorn on insignificant things, Patrick further endears himself to him and gains validation in the process. After some discussion, the two families decide to share a meal in an Italian café where Bjorn finds out where Patrick is and what he does for a living. Patrick makes the endearing suggestion to Bjorn and Louise in the cafe that they take a break from their hectic schedules and travel to their house in the Southern Dutch countryside.
A few months later, Patrick sends Bjorn and his family an invitation card inviting them to spend the weekend with them in the Dutch countryside. Louise dismisses the idea completely, but Bjorn keeps thinking about Patrick’s invitation and brings it up to his pals. Since they have already spent their annual holiday budget, Bjorn convinces Louise to make the journey by road since he truly wants to see the countryside. Bjorn and his family eventually make it to Patrick’s modest home, where the hosts set up the required comforts for their visitors. However, Louise begins to feel uneasy around the pair on their first day at the residence. She expresses to Bjorn her dislike for the location and her desire to depart as soon as feasible. However, despite their several attempts to escape the countryside, Bjorn and Louise continue to be trapped there and ultimately perish.
Speak No Evil Ending Explained: Why Did Patrick And Karin Kill Bjorn and Louise?
The movie by Christian Tafdrup is a warning that we should never accept an invitation from a stranger without first conducting a thorough background check since you never know what lies behind those friendly faces. However, it was very obvious from the start of Speak No Evil that Patrick and Karin were going to kill Bjorn and Louise at some point; the only questions were where and when. However, Patrick’s personality and the charms and cunning he employed to seduce his victims were more fascinating. It was a prime illustration of a cunning serial killer or predator who delighted in manipulating the minds of his victims before brutally murdering them. Perhaps Patrick and Karin both enjoyed stalking their target, which is why they lured their prey with the young child. The youngster was a crucial component of their evil scheme since, with a child in the family, Patrick and Karin appeared to be a completely amiable couple whose invitation no one would ever refuse.
At the conclusion of Speak No Evil, Bjorn entered the shed and discovered a number of suitcases, cameras, and pictures of several families taken with Patrick and Karin. All of these families were victims of the Dutch couple, but Bjorn found it more terrifying that each image showed a new child that the couple was raising. Thus, he made the connection at this point and concluded that Abel was not the couple’s true child and that they had likely abducted him from his prior family. It’s important to note that Patrick mentioned on purpose that his son, Abel, missed Agnes in the invitation he had sent to Bjorn. The kid was the ideal enticement to entice the pair to the country, suggesting that they always used the kid to entice their victims and that, in order to keep up the killing pattern, they always targeted a couple with a single kid. Abel was only used as a trap to catch a fresh set of victims, which further explains Patrick’s harsh connection with him. Abel was not their true child. Patrick and Karin used to cut off the child’s tongue to make it the ideal crime so the child couldn’t reveal their actual motives to their subsequent victims. The kids would be so traumatised by it that they wouldn’t dare talk of evil, which also relates to the movie’s title.
Bjorn swiftly awakened Louise and Agnes up after seeing the photos in the shed and Abel’s dead body floating in the pool, and he made the decision to leave the horrible pair in order to protect his family. However, Patrick once more stalked him in this area like a vulture. An introverted Bjorn, who was already afraid of him, made the decision to take a detour in order to avoid the car that was tailgating him on the road. Even when the car became bogged in a ditch, Bjorn remained silent to Louise about what he had seen at the couple’s home. As soon as Bjorn stepped out of the car to call for assistance from a nearby house, Patrick approached Louise and informed her that Bjorn had done so. Bjorn, who was inconsolable, searched for Louise and Agnes after Patrick took them away. Once Patrick got out of the car, Bjorn implored him to let his family leave, but it was clear that he had no such plans. He eventually noticed Patrick’s automobile approaching him. As they continued on their journey, Patrick abruptly came to a stop and motioned for his accomplice Muhajid to exit a different vehicle. Agnes was now their next muted bait, and Karin used a pair of dull scissors to chop off her tongue.
Patrick and Karin escorted Bjorn and Louise to a remote quarry where they asked them to take off their clothes in order to dispose of their own DNA samples, if any, as soon as Muhajid removed a bleeding Agnes. Patrick said that he was only killing innocent people because his victims would allow him to do so when Bjorn questioned him about why he was killing them. This response clarifies Patrick’s psychopathology. Most likely, he believed that he was better than other people in society. Additionally, Patrick never truly coerced any couple into travelling to their country home; instead, he used manipulation to influence them into making that decision on their own, which ironically made them victims of their own choices. When the pair was finally forced to descend the slope by Patrick, they abruptly began throwing stones at each other to simulate a fatal accident. Bjorn apologised to Louise before passing away because it was his choice to accept Patrick’s offer, which led to the death of his own family. The destiny of Bjorn’s family would have been different only if the respectable man had dared to speak out against his attackers. Even towards the end of the movie, Bjorn was unable to shed his arrogant and refined attitude, which was a major factor in the demise of his entire family. In the final scene of Speak No Evil, Patrick, Karin, and Agnes can be seen at a different vacation destination with Agnes, where they are planning to murder a new family of three in their signature style. Agnes will soon have to die, and the pair will kidnap yet another child, but nothing can be done until Patrick and Karin come across a couple or someone prepared to stand up to evil.
Christian Tafdrup is the director of the 2022 Drama Thriller movie Speak No Evil.