Wallander: Season 1, Episode 1

Innan frosten (5 Nov. 2007)

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Tracking a sadistic killer, detective Kurt Wallander follows a string of incidents -- attacks on domestic animals, ritualistic murders of humans -- with help from his daughter, Linda, a new member of the Ystad police force.

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Johanna Sällström ...
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Ellen Mattsson ...
Anna Westin
Niklas Falk ...
Erik Westin
Angela Kovacs ...
Ann-Britt Höglund (as Angela Kovács)
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Mats Bergman ...
Fredrik Gunnarsson ...
Chatarina Larsson ...
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Birgitta Medberg
Malena Engström ...
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Tracking a sadistic killer, detective Kurt Wallander follows a string of incidents -- attacks on domestic animals, ritualistic murders of humans -- with help from his daughter, Linda, a new member of the Ystad police force.

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This is the first of only two episodes of the series that are actually based on Henning Mankell's Wallander novels. All the other stories are original. See more »

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The movie takes place in a town in Skåne. But only two people in the whole movie speak with a dialect from that area. See more »

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Followed by Wallander: Bröderna (2005) See more »

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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Passable story but I hope the writing improves in the others
13 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The writer Henning Mankell created the character of policeman Kurt Wallender in 1991. He wrote 13 novels about him through 2009.

There are three movie series that use his characters. The first two are Swedish. Series 1 stars Rolf Lassgard. It has 9 movies from the novels, and all but one were released in theaters (1994 to 2006). Series 2 stars Krister Henriksson and has 26 movies (with original scripts for all but the first). These were in two segments of 13 each, in 2005-2006 and again in 2009-2010, and all but one of these are direct to DVD. All the Swedish movies are in Swedish. Before the Frost (2005) is the first in series 2. Series 3 stars Kenneth Branagh in 9 movies made in 3 segments, made in English and filmed in Sweden on location.

There are parallels and differences between the Jesse Stone character and series and the Wallendar character and series. Novelist Robert B. Parker wrote 9 novels about policeman Jesse Stone, between 1997 and 2010. These have been brought to the screen starring Tom Selleck. If you like the one, you are likely to like the other. Why? Because both provide entertaining detective stories that engage troubled characters with people in the societies around them. The plots provide built in suspense and tension, if they are well constructed. The detectives have problems and relationships that engage us. And because they are detectives, they necessarily move in the broader society and we get insights into the problems of different kinds of people, and we get depictions of the many kinds of people around us. Plus there are often interesting police procedural, criminal, underworld and political aspects that enter in. If the movies are well done, it is these elements that will be well done.

Despite some story weaknesses and implausibilities, Before the Frost manages to hold our interest by fairly strong characterizations and strong acting. The story is about a radically violent religious sect whose views on sexual practices have led it into murder and plans for mass destruction. Most of the movie is plot driven, but not without a focus on several relationships, notably Wallander and his daughter Linda, and also his daughter and a girl friend who happens to be involved with the sect. That friend is very troubled personally and in her relationship with her father.

This movie is passable and acceptable to detective story fans, but it lacks good directing and/or budgeting that produces the proper intensity. It lacks the smooth continuity of story. I am hoping that the remaining movies in the series will be stronger.


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