2 items from 2013
Directors: Daniel Lind Lagerlöf, Richard Petrelius
Running Time: 265 Minutes
Van Veeteran (Sven Wollter) is a retired detective who comes unofficially out of retirement to help solve several cases in this Nordic crime drama. Van Veeteren Films volume 2 follows him and his colleagues in three episodes:
“Carambole”- Following a clandestine meeting with his lover a man kills a young boy in a hit and run, but does not escape unseen. The ensuing blackmail drama claims further victims, including Van Veeteren’s son, Erich.
“The Swallow, The Cat, The Rose and Death”- Münster (Thomas Hanzon) comes across the strangled body of a young woman in her home and surprises the murderer who is still on the premises. Though the murderer escapes, a rare book is found at the scene with a dedication by the killer.
“Case G”- »
- Ellen Daniels
★★☆☆☆ UK audiences have acquired quite the taste for Scandinavian crime drama, with shows like The Killing, Borgen and Wallander all received with open arms. However, despite this Scandi-crime obsession, the name 'Roland Hassel' still remains unknown - and judging by Måns Månsson's arduous debut, it's going to stay that way. A popular 1980s television detective, Hassel now lives on in Månsson's new quasi-docudrama, but audiences expecting a gloomy suspense thriller should probably take a step back; Hassel - Privatspanarna (2012) has very little in common with films like Insomnia or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
An example of form surpassing function, this stripped-back hybrid piece sees the now retired Roland Hassel (played by the original Hassel - Lars-Erik Berenett) attempting to uncover the identity of the assassin who murdered real-life former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme (Roland Eriksson). Without access to any formal police records, Hassel must gather what »
- CineVue UK
2 items from 2013
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