A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.

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Viktor Marek
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Milena Tatour
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Anna Tatour
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Vladimir Kozant
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Alexi Berka
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Pavel Novak
Heathcote Williams ...
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Gerard Thoolen ...
Jan Pastorek
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Eva Pastorek
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In the countryside of an Eastern Europe country, three little girls are murdered in the wood by a pedophile and found naked with one precise cut on the throat. Detective Viktor Marek, who has come from the city, investigates the case, but his superior Pavel Nowak arrests a scapegoat, the pothead Alexi Berka, and tortures the youngster to confess the murder since he is disputing the elections. Marek does not agree with the result of the investigation and resigns his job but continues to track the killer. While following a lead in an old road, Marek meets the girl Anna Tatour that has a flat tire of her bicycle and he offers a ride in his car to the girl. Then, he tells to Anna's mother, Milena Tatour, that she should instruct her daughter to not accept ride from strangers. Marek becomes obsessed to hunt down the pedophile and he decides to rent an old gas station in the old road near to the place where the crimes where committed to see the cars that use the road and he invites Milena ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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To get inside a killer's head, a cop must pick the next victim... before the killer does.

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Vladimir Kozant: Shoot... please!
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Well Worth a Watch
19 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First let me say that one thing I LOVED about this film was the use of sound to set the mood - not noise and music but common every day sounds

  • the clinking of glass, the slamming of a cell door, the creak of a


windmill the squeak of a child's swing, tires on pavement on and on -- and in moments when they were magnified -- just brilliant use of the ordinary to create the extraordinary.

On the whole, I am usually not too taken with foreign made (outside the USA & Canada) films so went into this with the idea I'll give it a few minutes - it's free on Netflix so nothing ventured nothing gained. Not being familiar with any of the actors my first reaction to Swaziland born Grant was Milquetoast - however, his passion in the role and believability took me quite by surprise - effective as an obsessed investigator looking into the brutal murders of three young girls. When, in a game of political chess, the wrong man is accused and commits suicide, effectively closing the case to further investigation, he leaves the department and personally takes the investigation to surprising lengths. Soliciting the help of a psychologist and his access to computers, he narrows down a locale to ferret out the perpetrator. He meets a homeless young mother (outstanding acting by Lynsey Baxter (The French Lieutenant's Woman))and sets her up as his housekeeper secretly using the daughter (a young Perdita Weeks) as bait.

The story effectively plays his obsession with nailing the homicidal pedophile against his growing affection for both the mother and daughter and he does a fine job of drawing you in to the conflicting emotions while leaving you unsympathetic to his using a child as bait for a serial killer. The killer is really rather brilliantly (and sickeningly) portrayed by the late Simon Cadell - Nice character development and surprisingly good insight into how a pedophile sees the world - a struggling mom in a war torn region protecting the innocence of her child, a detective who cannot let go despite the potential for heartbreaking results, a brilliant serial killer, all make for an edge of your seat thriller for the most part. Hauntingly beautiful locales in he Czech Republic. Drags in a few places but well worth a watch.


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