The Perfect Patient


Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Quick
Programs:Midnight Sun
True Story
Release Year:2019
Runtime:122 min
Print Source:Swedish Film Institute
Director:Mikael Håfström
Producer:Helena Danielsson
Cinematographer:Ragna Jorming
Screenwriter:Erlend Loe
Editor:Rickard Krantz
Composer:Karl Frid
Pär Frid
Principal Cast:David Dencik
Jonas Karlsson
Alba August
Magnus Roosmann
Suzanne Reuter
Filmography:Days Like This (2001)
Evil (2003)
1408 (2007)
The Rite (2011)


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

Based on true events, The Perfect Patient combines gripping Nordic noir with a humanistic story about a relentless and resourceful search for the truth. Thomas Quick is the most notorious serial killer ever convicted in Sweden.

From the psychiatric prison where he is serving a life sentence, he claims that he was also a cannibalistic rapist and confesses to another 25 murders beyond the eight he was originally sentenced for. Some years into his sentence, Quick’s life is changed by Hannes Råstam, a prize-winning investigative reporter. Without much support from the authorities who are only too pleased to have these gruesome murders declared solved, Råstam dedicates himself to unmasking the legal chaos that resulted in Quick’s conviction. Director Mikael Håfström returns to his native Sweden and carefully lays out the pieces of the puzzle, while illustrating the term “beyond reasonable doubt.” (Alissa Simon)

Director Biography

Mikael Håfström

Born in 1960 in Lund, Sweden, Mikael Håfström studied at the University of Stockholm and the School of Visual Arts. He has directed numerous international productions, perhaps most notably Evil (Ondskan) (1993) which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards.