In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were... See full summary »
Six year old Johan, a.k.a. Fimpen, loves football. One day his talents are discovered. It doesn't take long before Fimpen gets to travel around with the national team. Fimpen becomes an ... See full summary »
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Following his manifesto for a new Swedish cinema, director Widerburg started his career with this realist tale of young woman, Britt, who has two flings, but finds herself with difficult decisions when she finds herself pregnant.
A famous industrialist is murdered at a restaurant in Malmö. Police inspector Martin Beck in Stockholm gets the case. The suspects lead to people involved in illegal arms deals. But who was... See full summary »
In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were the first to the crime scene, pursue all leads and identify a suspect, an arrogant member of the elite secret police, a man assigned to guard the country's Minister of Justice. Just as the beat cops think they've tightened the noose around the suspect, loose ends appear, witnesses lose their certainty, alibis crop up, and even the cops doubt what they've seen. Who's protecting the suspect and why? Written by
The film is loosely based on the discovery of the real-life Swedish Minister of Justice's liaisons with prostitutes in the 1970s. It was a major scandal where the truth was believed to be largely covered up, and Leif GW Persson, who at the time was the source within the national police authority who blew the whistle to a newspaper, was discharged and found comfort in writing the book that the film is based on. See more »
The sound from the TV as Johansson is celebrating Christmas with his son and his ex-wife has the items of the Disney Christmas Special, shown every Christmas in Sweden, coming in the wrong order. When they are sitting in the sofa, the sound is from "Clown of the Jungle", whereas when Johansson is leaving, the sound comes from the end of "Santa's Workshop", which is always shown first. See more »
Director Widerberg could do very well in widely separate genres. He did a few crime stories on cinema, but never just for the 'who dunnit'. There had to be a burning social message, something rotting in the kingdom.
Here it sure is. The Leif GW Persson novel, on which the film is based, is about misuse of power, all the way up. The novel is actually loosely based on a political scandal in Sweden, which Persson was involved in revealing.
Widerberg's movie has got several qualities, way beyond that of creating a thrill. With a very firm grip, of the kind only somebody that skilled as a director can have, he tightens the suspense, intensifies the conflict, broadens the importance of what takes place, until the film becomes an unpleasant, but in its own way accurate, revelation about modern society. And it's a good thrill, too.
A trivia of interest to none but me, I guess, is that one of the locations is my apartment at that time.
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