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The Shape of Water 

La forma dell'acqua (original title)
When a prominent citizen is found dead in a compromising position, the coroner rules heart attack, but Montalbano isn't buying it. He doesn't buy the circumstantial case built up against the Swedish daughter in-law of the local MP, either.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katharina Böhm ...
Isabell Sollman ...
Ingrid Sjöström
Davide Lo Verde ...
Agente Galluzzo
Peppino Mazzotta ...
Angelo Russo ...
Francesco Stella ...
Agente Gallo
Pietro Biondi ...
Giorgio Lupano
Ubaldo Lo Presti
Roberto Nobile ...
Marcello Perracchio ...
Fulvio D'Angelo
Giovanni Guardiano ...
Pietro Montandon


L'ingegner Luparello è un uomo politico molto importante e temuto. O meglio, lo era poichè il suo corpo viene ritrovato a La Mannera da due spazzini. Il corpo è abbandonato nella macchina e tutto lascia pensare ad una morte naturale. Sul posto, che è un ritrovo di prostitute, viene anche ritrovata una preziosissima collana. Mentre il commissario Montalbano è ancora incerto sullo svolgersi dei fatti, a livello politico vi è un accordo propiziato dall'avvocato Rizzo, amico del morto, ed i suoi ex avversari politici. Montalbano è sempre più incerto perchè, come dice la vedova Luparello, l'acqua, come i fatti, non ha una sua forma ma assume quella che le si vuole fare assumere. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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2 May 2000 (Italy)  »

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Followed by Il commissario Montalbano: The Terracotta Dog (2000) See more »

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Perhaps a Little Too Contrived, but Entertaining Nonetheless
13 July 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

In this episode of the detective series the Inspector (Luca Zingaretti) investigates the death of a local politician, and becomes involved in a complicated tale of local rivalries, ambition and thwarted love. Among the shady characters he encounters are a smooth-as-silk lawyer Rizzo, an impatient doctor, and a Swedish woman accused of being heavily involved in the murder (Isabell Sollman). Alberto Sironi's production makes clever use of the Sicilian locations, contrasting the relative freedom of the outdoor sequences with the prison-like atmosphere of the local bourgeoisie's houses, where Montalbano pursues his investigations. Although opulently appointed, the interior sequences tend to hem in their inhabitants; a fitting metaphor for a class of people who rarely disclose their emotions, especially to someone not of their specific social class. As the episode unfolds, so the main plot-line becomes slightly lost, as Montalbano discovers that his father is dying and makes a futile journey to visit him before the old man passes away. This provides an opportunity for us to see the softer side of the inspector, but holds up the denouement slightly. In the end the inspector has to explain the case to his girlfriend Livia (Katharina Böhm) in a rather labored sequence of shot/reverse shots, almost as if director Sironi had to bring the episode to an end as speedily as possible. Nonetheless there are some strong performances, not least from Zingaretti and Peppino Mazzotta as his sidekick Facia.

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