Kurt Wallander is a police inspector in the Swedish town of Ystad. Shortly after he has seen a young girl kill herself by self-immolation, he is called to investigate the murder of ... See full summary »

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Kurt Wallander is a police inspector in the Swedish town of Ystad. Shortly after he has seen a young girl kill herself by self-immolation, he is called to investigate the murder of government minister Wetterstedt. He has been scalped. Wealthy business-man Carlman is murdered in the same fashion, and a serial killer is clearly responsible. Drunken ex-journalist Lars Magnusson points Wallander towards Sandin, a retired and corrupt cop, who admits that he once 'cleaned up' for both the dead men but will offer no more information. The next murder is that of an habitual criminal, who has been tortured before death. His estranged wife and teen aged son are not grief-stricken. His behaviour has traumatized his younger son and sent his daughter into a mental hospital. Following another scalping, and an appeal to the public, a former prostitute tells Wallander that all the victims were connected with a vice ring, importing very young girls into Sweden. The girl who killed herself was probably ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Kenneth Branagh's performance as Swedish cop Kurt Wallander makes it the third time when a famous Swedish movie/television cop gets portrayed by an actor who is not from Sweden/speaking Swedish. The first two are Walter Matthau as Jake Martin (Jake Martin is the americanized version of Martin Beck) in The Laughing Policeman (1973) and Derek Jacobi as Martin Beck in Der Mann, der sich in Luft auflöste (1980). See more »

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Kurt Wallander: [holding up his badge] Wallander.
Farmer: Thought they would have sent a police car. Lights. Flashing.
Kurt Wallander: There was an accident on the Svarte Road. Cars with lights are all taken.
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Excellent English version. Prefer the Swedish.
15 June 2014 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Yeah as I read thru all the reviews it seems like most prefer the KH Swedish versions. Nice slow pacing lots of understated acting. Kenneth B is great....it is kinda a great treat to have 3 different versions of Wallander ...I even like the earlier Rolf ones....bought a code free player to watch em. Kenneth B is of course very intense...really great being Kurt. All supporting cast were excellent also. Even the country side shots even though somewhat bleak....in all versions ...are just so Rich...makes me want to go visit ....

I do suggest you at some point read the books, I have read them all, and take a look at the earlier ones, perhaps ignoring the guy who thinks Yellow Bird has something to learn from UK ...reading that ?.part of me still wonders if it is satirical?


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