A girl has committed suicide. More girls on a school in Skåne feel like doing the same. As Linda Wallander get the case shes more determined to solve this case than ever solving a case ... See full summary »
With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
A girl has committed suicide. More girls on a school in Skåne feel like doing the same. As Linda Wallander get the case shes more determined to solve this case than ever solving a case before, but feels more and more bad as she goes as she discovers that the girls on the school are being exploited and abused. Written by
[to child prostitute pimp]
A while back this young fellow was sitting in the chair you're in now. He had read the lists of those who had died in the tsunami in Asia. He got hold of the address of one of the families affected. Know what he did? He broke into the house and stole anything of any value. But before he left, guess what he did? He turned all the taps on full blast all over the house. When I saw him sitting across from me, I thought... "this is the most despicable and pathetic person I ...
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Knowing that Johanna Sallstrom, who portrays Linda Wallander, died by her own hand of a drug overdose and had psychiatric issues, only adds to the sadness of this story and, in fact, every episode in which she appears. Her demeanor is mostly very troubled and melancholy. Sweden is one of those northern countries known for depression and schizophrenia. The line between reality, script writing and acting is very blurred here.
If police constantly face the intensity of witnessing the despicable kinds of crimes and behaviors in series like this, it is hard to see how they can cope with it. Fortunately, normality suffuses most of our lives and, we hope, enough of theirs so that they don't go bonkers. The policemen I have known were well-adjusted people not continually exposed like the Wallanders in this series.
In this episode, they must deal with people in positions of trust who are drugging 14-year old girls so that they can prostitute them unwillingly. The story is fragmented (which makes it convoluted), told by cutting to incidents in the lives of a number of characters, including Kurt and Linda. This holds one's attention, although it sacrifices tension. There is some suspense. There is mystery about what's going on. Sometimes we know more than the police, and we wonder how or when they'll catch on. There is not a build up of heroics, by any means. It's thoughtful but plodding police work that gets the job done.
The writers are conveying to us not only the schemes of the criminals but the failings of Swedish society and, by extension, modern western or industrialized societies more generally. No society lacks failings. They are not just picking on these. Police stories are an excellent vehicle for showing all sorts of people and social structures. The Wallander series is taking up this challenge successfully. These are not simply superficial murder or crime mysteries.
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