Inspector Montalbano: Season 5, Episode 2

Par condicio (29 Sep. 2005)
"Il commissario Montalbano" Par condicio (original title)

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Peppino Mazzotta ...
Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Cinzia Maccagnano
Angelo Tosto
Alexandra Dinu
Tamara Tunova
Valbona Malay ...
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Giovanni Guardiano ...
Jacomuzzi
Raffaella D'Avella
Carmela Gentile
Angelo Russo ...
Agente Catarella
Davide Lo Verde ...
Agente Galluzzo
Marco Cavallaro ...
Tortorella
Giacinto Ferro ...
Bonetti Alderighi
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Montalbano deals with a Mafia war
2 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this episode opens two men in a car give chase to a pretty blonde girl riding a moped; she is eventually forced to abandon her bike and flee on foot; they shoot at her but don't appear to have hit her. The next thing we know Montalbano is being called to the scene of a murder; it isn't the girl though; it is a man. He is the son in law of one of the local Mafia families so everybody thinks it is a Mafia hit; Montalbano isn't so sure; there has been peace for a decade; why would anybody want to start a war? The next day Catarella finds the girl's moped but nobody connects it with a crime as she hasn't been reported missing yet. Whether the first killing was part of a Mafia war or not it appears a cycle of revenge has begun as a succession of Mafia members get gunned down. With the profile of the case increasing it is taken off Montalbano and given to the Flying Squad; he doesn't seem to bothered though as the girl has now been reported missing so he has another mystery to investigate… little does he know that the two crimes are in fact connected.

This was another enjoyable outing for the Sicilian detective; as usual there was a good mystery as well as a fair few laughs… largely provided by Catarella. He wasn't just a comedy character in this episode though; this time he got to be the hero for once! The case was interesting and had a higher death toll than usual; however even though we see a couple of the shootings there was nothing too grisly. As always Luca Zingaretti does a great job as Montalbano and Angelo Russo is a great laugh as Catarella. If you've enjoyed previous episodes you are sure to like this one; and if you've yet to watch this series but enjoy police mysteries then you really should start watching; it is a lot of fun and the Sicilian setting is both beautiful and a nice change from where series we usually see in the UK are usually set.


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