Wallander: Season 1, Episode 9

Täckmanteln (10 Jan. 2009)

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Linda discovers nine corpses and a live baby girl locked in an abandoned container lorry. Her father assumes the driver fled when he realized his cargo of illegal immigrants had died. A ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Johanna Sällström ...
Chatarina Larsson ...
Fredrik Gunnarsson ...
Svartman (as Fredrik Gunnarson)
Mats Bergman ...
Marianne Mörck ...
Stina Ekblad ...
Lars Göran Persson ...
Oskar Oskarsson
Lena Granhagen ...
Maria Kulle ...
Karin Berglund
Svante Martin ...
Stefan Karlsson ...
Medhjälpare 1
Stephan Seidl ...
Medhjälpare 2


Linda discovers nine corpses and a live baby girl locked in an abandoned container lorry. Her father assumes the driver fled when he realized his cargo of illegal immigrants had died. A photo leads to a convent, whose abbess - an evacuee herself as a child - has helped many refugees and believes the ends justify the means to give them better lives. Holmblad, who owned and drove the lorry, is found, tortured and murdered, and his house ransacked. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Emotionally-charged moving story of refugee smuggling
28 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Again, the IMDb rating (5.6) is too low. This series is distinguishing itself by consistently good stories that are well-produced, acted, and delivered.

This one brought me to tears several times. Iraqi refugees are being smuggled into Sweden by Cathlolic nuns, but the people doing the transporting are using it as a cover for their own drug smuggling.

Wallander's attitude toward the people-smuggling is benign. Stefan's is much more belligerent and hot-headed. The writers at least confronted that issue via the story, even if they did not go into it deeply. They did not raise the responsibility of the U.S. for creating the refugees. They did not raise the responsibility of every state on earth for creating compulsory borders that create "illegal" immigration. Nor did they raise the parallel issue that it is inane drug laws that create drug smuggling. Yet they illustrated the human toll taken by these attempts by societies and states to restrict human rights.

There is one jab taken at the EU. There is a jab at the possibilities of corruption among border officials, and there is a depiction of the difficulties in coordinating police work among overlapping jurisdictions. There is also an illustration of the scarring effects on police of witnessing the results of violent crimes in a scene between Linda and Kurt.

It is through Linda Wallander's eyes that a good deal of emotion is reflected, without dialogue. She would almost have taken a parentless Iraqi child as her own had not other circumstances found it a home with its brother and sister. There are also several moving scenes between an elderly nun and Linda. There is good characterization of the nun.

This is a well-written story, not perfect by any means, but still good. The movie dragged a bit in Act 2, and the police bust toward the end seemed not to fit the previous mood all that well and also was not handled that smoothly.

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