Wallander: Season 1, Episode 10

Luftslottet (27 Sep. 2006)

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Crusty old Greger Stehn and his equally unpopular dogs are poisoned with botulinum. Despite drawing out 20 million krone from the bank Greger lived in a hovel opposite a block of luxury ... See full summary »

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Fredrik Gunnarsson ...
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Stina Ekblad ...
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Christine Bergdahl
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Rune Bergman ...
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Crusty old Greger Stehn and his equally unpopular dogs are poisoned with botulinum. Despite drawing out 20 million krone from the bank Greger lived in a hovel opposite a block of luxury flats where the wives are into yoga, keep fit and botox - which uses botulinum. The money has disappeared and the chief suspect is Johan Haartman, a plastic surgeon with heavy debts who was in the bank when Greger took out the money. Then he and his wife are also poisoned and their baby is fostered by a neighbour, whose child died in a cot death. Is she the killer? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Wallander follows the wrong trail before catching on
29 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wallander's in the dark, as usual, when an eccentric millionaire with dogs is murdered near a commune of well-off professionals. Stefan comes through as more and more impetuous and prejudiced. He and Linda Wallander are in a rivalry both to solve cases and to gain Kurt's number 1 approval rating. Kurt is more lonely than ever and reaches out even to Nyberg, who we learn relishes his work. He's first on any scene, however gruesome, to find clues and handle the technical lab end of things.

This script is more cynical than some others in the series. It takes less pity on the problems of the characters, which are many. It looks upon them with a colder eye. The tone is more distant and harsh. Wallander gets his confession by means that are quite callous and cynical and, having gotten it, he calmly puts on his jacket and departs the station. The police methods of pressuring people psychologically come more clearly into view.

The script takes jabs at the foibles of people who worry about their appearance and who get surgery to make their bodies more attractive. At the end, even Kurt is rubbing oil into his cheek in response to a remark of one person that his skin was prematurely aging.

People should know better than to talk to cops and allow themselves to be interrogated. They should have counsel. But where would these kinds of series be if suspects did that? Instead people, guilty of something but not of the major crimes, are often all too willing either to show the cops that they are innocent or else to show that they can resist interrogation and reveal nothing.

Wallander's confusion in this case partly stems from his taking sides with Stefan when the evidence points that way rather than listening to Linda. He is bending over backwards not to show his daughter any favoritism. He doesn't want to see Stefan become too unhappy in the job.

The story probably plugs all holes, but I missed out on how the murderer obtained the means to commit the crimes. Perhaps I was too busy reading the subtitles. I have a little problem sorting out the characters and names at times, but this is not peculiar to this movie or series. But there is some tendency during Act 1 (the first 20-30 minutes) to immerse the viewer in the scene so that we get just as confused as the cops.


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