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Coming home after his father's funeral service, police officer Stefan Lindman phones his friend and former colleague Herbert to thank him for the wreath he sent. But the detective who answers the phone tells him that Herbert has been tortured and beaten to death. Determined to uncover the circumstances of Herbert's death, Stefan heads for his friend's farm in the north of Sweden - to which Herbert never invited him. It is an unfriendly place, where the locals keep to themselves and newcomers are considered intruders. Everyone makes it clear that he is not welcome there. At Herbert's farm, bloody footsteps on the living-room floor retrace a tango, danced by the dying Herbert in the arms of the killer. The prime suspect is soon found murdered. So should the police be looking for one or two murderers? Stefan begins to uncover many facts he didn't know about Herbert. He makes excuses for his friend - until Herbert is exposed as a Nazi. Realising he has been lied to all his life, Stefan ... Written by
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Having read some of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander -books, I was relatively interested to see this film of the book without Wallander. After seeing this mini-series, I don't feel like commenting Mankell's performance without reeding the original book. Apparently it must have been hard for him to get over the famous figure, and I must honestly say, that although the story itself is of decent quality, I was slightly disappointed to see how the realistic touch of the Wallander-books has been lost here.
In short, the series is about a young policeman investigating the death of his old friend and colleague on his own, without the support of the local police. As so often in Swedish crime stories, conspiracies and international connections are to be expected. The story itself lacks realism, but not in a disturbing way, unless you really hate conspiracy theories. It is always funny, for a Finn, to see the Swedes's willingness to be in the middle of international politics. Fortunately this one doesn't go that far.
The main problem is the thinness of the main character, Lindman. It is a very lame performance compared to Kurt Wallander, so well played by Rolf Lassgård. In this case, Jonas Karlsson playing Lindman does not seem to have much of a clue, apart from looking good. On the other hand, the rest of the crew do way better.
In short, brutal violence does not cover up for thrill, and neither a bunch of cops create a crime story. Watching this one feels like sitting in a train; you always know which way the story is going, and can only enjoy the good view. A few points for the entertainment and Mankell's wild imagination though. And maybe another one for the well presented atmosphere of the forest-surrounded backward village. 5/10
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