Wallander: Season 1, Episode 3

One Step Behind (14 Dec. 2008)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sadie Shimmin ...
Tom Beard ...
Ben Meyjes ...
Louise / Ake
Anna Ahlerup ...
Melker Sörensen ...
Nicole Briggs ...
Lorraine Brunning ...
Eva Hillstrom (as Lorrainne Brunning)
Samantha Best ...
Duncan Holmes ...
Ragnar Landerholm ...


Three youngsters are shot dead whilst having a woodland picnic in fancy dress. One girl's mother reports her as missing but postcards from Paris supposedly sent by the daughter negate any police involvement. Then another parent reports that Wallander's troubled colleague, Svedberg, had earlier expressed an interest in the kids' movements, and then Svedberg is also found shot, photos of the dead trio being found in his flat along with one of a mystery woman, identified by Svedberg's cousin as his ex-girlfriend Louise. The corpses are found, and a friend of the victims is also slain, having told Wallander that his workmate was really gay, and that 'Louise' is a transvestite, and a wholly murderous one, who adds to his toll of dead by killing a further trio of innocents. Diagnosed as diabetic and aware that he never truly knew the dead colleague who regarded him as his best friend, Wallander must not only avenge Svedberg but halt a psychopath from an ordinary but obvious walk of life ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Well-made, complex and exciting
26 October 2009 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

A nice step back into form. Wallander finds a colleague, Svedberg, opening up about emotions and the police department where they work. He is quite soon found dead, and the more an over-worked and exhausted Wallander looks into the case, the more it seems to be connected with another, and it seems like a serial killer is loose. I found the parallel story-lines working very well together, and the cinematography, especially the use of light and focus, was really good. Wallander's persona blooms in this film, where it touches on his family life as in the first. Or rather, it touches the parts of him that seemingly wilt and make him very human; the emptiness that haunts him from within, branching out as he tries to solve the case is portrayed beautifully, not to mention how exciting this episode was. This last installment of the Wallander mini-series made me long for new episodes!

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