A horse breeder is found dead, and almost everything proves that he is been kicked by his horse. But the post-mortem shows the opposite, the horse breeder had been hit to death and that is ... See full summary »
A horse breeder is found dead, and almost everything proves that he is been kicked by his horse. But the post-mortem shows the opposite, the horse breeder had been hit to death and that is a case for Kurt Wallander. The neighbors confirms that he lived alone, but he had visits from a mysterious woman several times. An amazing thing on the farm shows a hole new side of the horse feeder and somewhere, in the beautiful state of Skåne, there's a dark world that didn't want to see the daylight. Written by
Murdered horse breeder turns out to have many enemies for good reason
Two children discover a man dead in his horse stable, apparently killed by the blow of a horse. After discovering it was murder, Wallander directs his crew methodically to find leads, starting with the man's life.
The story opens out into a host of possible suspects, many of whom are quirky characters. Part of the attraction of the movies in this series is peeking into the lives and personalities of seemingly colorless people, who nonetheless have interesting stories. We have a severe and sharp neighboring woman who has neo-nazi sympathies that bring out the worst in Stefan, showing a side of him not before revealed. We have the dead horse breeder who exploited women. We have a brother who threatens his sister to get her alibi, and her calm resistance.
In Wallander's personal life, there is a strange woman he meets after almost running her down as she is walking in the middle of the road. Everything she does and says is strange, but Wallander is attracted to her.
Nyberg propels some sarcasm at Wallander at one point. The female boss of the outfit (is it Ann-Britt) is leaving for a new job, and the gang has a party. It helps make the movie to see them carrying on socially and singing a Swedish song.
The sea is playing a part here as in some other films in the series. Wallander goes swimming in the cold water. He flirts at the beach. He wakes up in a boat near the water. Ystad is on the water, and the water has a role, just as in the Jesse Stone series.
The story is complex. I miss connections sometimes when not paying attention. This is good. I can watch these movies again. They hold interest in a number of dimensions that I've alluded to above.
My copy was missing hard subtitles for two minutes (about 55 to 57 minutes in). I downloaded subtitles from the net and filled in the blanks. If this happens to you, I'll just say that nothing critical is lost without them.
I am enjoying these movies a great deal. The acting is excellent. The actors know how to use their faces and bodies to convey subtle feelings.
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