Wallender interviews a couple about their stolen dog. The following day the couple are tortured and brutally murdered. Similar deaths follow and Wallender and his team have to find out ... See full summary »
Wallender interviews a couple about their stolen dog. The following day the couple are tortured and brutally murdered. Similar deaths follow and Wallender and his team have to find out whether there is an underlying connection in the deaths and whether three missing army conscripts are involved. Written by
The amount of snow varies from during the movie, from 10 cm in the beginning to almost nothing to 20 cm at the end. The story is set in January/February, in these months there's normally 10-20 cm snow in south Sweden where the series is set. See more »
I rate this, the third film in the second Wallander series, higher than the average IMDb rating of 5.6.
I found the film well done in all respects and engaging. It's well constructed. Several murders have been committed. Their elusive connection turns out to be another crime committed against immigrant Algerians 25 years earlier by men wearing combat apparel.
This brings in one social theme. Loosely connected to it thematically is that there is a large contingent of Swedish military doing exercises in Ystad and rather running a bit amok. But the army is looked upon as something of a joke and it is the occasion of some sardonic remarks, since Sweden has historically been neutral for 200 years and hasn't fought in a war for a long time. Sweden is not in NATO, although it has some relations with it but the CIA has strong links within Sweden.
The film has some intensely emotional moments covering the crimes. Even though modern movies have many such crimes, this film made an impact in the way in which these were handled.
Another interesting theme is the one of the line that separates self-defense from murder, and the more general theme of taking the law into one's own hands. The film was not afraid to take these on and handle them.
The actress playing Linda Wallander had a remarkable talent for expressiveness that deepens her character even when she has no lines to speak. I cannot help remarking that she often is ultra-sensitive and troubled in demeanor, and, sorry to say, in real life she later took her own life.
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