War photographer Robert Thuresson's work is being put on display in Ystad. American Sarah Lyell argues with the photographer before the exhibition and later is found dead, in possession of ...
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War photographer Robert Thuresson's work is being put on display in Ystad. American Sarah Lyell argues with the photographer before the exhibition and later is found dead, in possession of one of his photos. The case extends beyond Sweden as Wallander finds a motive for the death. Written by
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Intuition trumps evidence when logic is constrained by narrow vision
Wallander and the Ystad crew solve another murder mystery in this solid entry in the TV-movie series, but not before going in the wrong direction for a considerable time. It takes a suspect to point out to Wallander that he is looking at matters through the wrong eyes and therefore allowing the evidence to lead him astray.
Why is Wallander less than astute in this case? For one thing, he's in love. As the movie proceeds, a number of ironical events, including the suspect's warning, make Wallander realize that in his personal life he is also seeing matters with the wrong eyes. These kinds of personal/crime case ironies have occurred in previous Wallander episodes too, and they add enjoyable depth to the films. The characters learn. They grow. Although Wallander loses his temper at the others ("lazy bastards"), he is kicking himself for being blind, both on the case and in pursuing the "strange" woman from the preceding episode who has mended relations with her husband and family. She is not so strange in reality, but she does toy with Wallander it would seem. She largely initiates whatever affair they have had.
In other nice bits, there is the secretary/dispatcher Ebba's attraction to the husband of the woman who was murdered at the outset. There is also Stefan's temper to contend with, and an interesting reconciliation with the photographer who earlier had given him a big lip. The two men, one straight and one gay, have in common a certain masculine rowdiness and independence.
These sorts of depictions help to make this series strong. They are subtle. They are not going to excite all viewers. They are perhaps why I am consistently rating these movies as above average (usually 7), whereas the average IMDb rating is lower (here 5.7).
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