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There has been no shortage of women in private investigator Varg Veum's life, but not for the long haul. When the search for her estranged husband Jonas's car brings Varg together with Wenche Andresen, he believes he may have found the one. But there's a problem; Jonas ends up dead, and Wenche is the cops' prime suspect. Varg can't believe this beautiful woman with her old fashioned ideas on love and fidelity can possibly be guilty, and he sets out to crack the case and prove her innocence. Written by
Trond Espen Seim's client falls to his death and Seim investigates
This is the second Varg Veum movie I've seen, and it too is a solid mystery movie. I'd rate it 6.5 if I could, like the first one I saw, which was "Woman in the Fridge". It ran 105 minutes. The writing is sturdy. Presumably it owes to being supported by the original novels. Seim plays a private eye. He works at times with a police detective named Hamre, played by Bjorn Floberg. They trade barbs with one another that are quite amusing.
I definitely recommend these movies based on what I've seen so far. They're for fans of private detective movies, and the literary genre goes way back.
In this one, the story begins with Seim tracking down a car for a man (Henrik Mestad) on the outs with his attractive wife, Solje Bergmann. She took it and sold it to a chop shop and car theft ring. The car was used without the permission of the gang boss in a bank robbery by two younger hoods who chafe under the leader. This introduces a dual subplot connected to the main plot. Seim tells Mestad where the car is, which was the limit of his job. Seim strong arms it away. Later, when Mestad is visiting and arguing with Bergmann, he falls to his death, landing on top of the car. Seim sees a hooded man scurrying away and a neighbor, Jon Ketil Johnsen, comes to Bergmann's aid. Bergmann is caring for her young son, Ulrik Lullau, and his part in the movie is integrated skillfully, bringing emotional depth in.
This setup allows for ample mystery and scope for detective work by both Seim and Floberg. It also allows for a romantic attachment of Seim to Bergmann and for bringing in the newly-acquired lawyer skills of Kathrine Fagerland.
As in "Woman in the Fridge", Veum is a detective who doesn't carry a gun and doesn't use physical force unless to help someone who needs such help. He's persistent and always probing personal details as a way of uncovering motivations and what may have really happened. Not always easy and a process subject to mistakes. We're beside him, participating. The story-telling stays right on track, without excessive side matter but just enough to keep the movie interesting and relate to the characters so as to add tension.
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