Racial tension is running high in Bergen after a young black asylum seeker dies at the hands of the police. Shortly afterwards, a right-wing politician is targeted by a gunman at a public ...
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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 ... See full summary »
Veum is on a case of a missing employee (Arne) for an international oil drilling company. When he checks Arne's flat he discovers a woman's torso in the fridge. He is attacked and knocked ... See full summary »
Trond Espen Seim,
The film begins in Copenhagen, where Varg Veum finds Lisa, the 16-year-old runaway prostitute, daughter of a wealthy businessman. He brings her back to his client, and family in Norway. ... See full summary »
Veum is no longer working as a private investigator. He's got a permanent job as a teacher, and has calmed down his life, enjoying the domestic bliss with his new girlfriend Karin. But the ... See full summary »
Lars Petter Aase,
Per Egil Aske,
The plot spins around Veum's girlfriends sister. Her sister is a prostitute, and through her discovered shady actions, drug dealing, pimping and other criminal activity. But even the ... See full summary »
A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her disappeared daughter without attracting too much attention. During his investigation Veum becomes... See full summary »
Varg Veum is summoned by the chief of police Hamre to a hostage drama on a farm outside Bergen. A married couple have been brutally murdered, and all evidence points to their foster son, 16... See full summary »
While investigating a case of disappeared sisters, Varg Veum is about to become a father. He realizes that the case has connections to a police investigated murder. Varg obviously is ... See full summary »
Murder and trouble hits Veum when he meets up with classmates in the rock-band Camp, when he resumes contact with a former flame Rebecca, now wife of his buddy. A Varg Veum mystery by best-selling crime novel by Gunnar Staalesen. Staalesen.
Trond Espen Seim,
Private detective Varg Veum investigates a case where his good friend Evans, a highly decorated ex-army officer, is falsely accused of bombing armakon, a weapons storage facility, and to ... See full summary »
Trond Espen Seim,
Varg tries to help a scared girl lost in the woods at night. But he fails to avoid her death. What was this young asylum seeker fleeing from? Was it an accident, or was she killed as a ... See full summary »
Racial tension is running high in Bergen after a young black asylum seeker dies at the hands of the police. Shortly afterwards, a right-wing politician is targeted by a gunman at a public rally, and his wife is fatally wounded. The Party is about to hold a leadership election. One of the candidates, Marit Holm, comes to Varg Veum, insisting she is being stalked. Varg is drawn into a web of conspiracy and betrayal at the heart of the political establishment, in which spin doctors and political players will do anything to achieve their ends.
Varg Veum indicates that the story was printed in the newspaper Bergens Tidene (by slamming the newspaper on the table, when he visits the reporter), when it actually was printed in the newspaper Bergens Avisen. This is clearly visible by the blue border on the front page of Bergens Tidende. See more »
There are two critic reviews on IMDb, both Norwegian. They pan this movie. There are two user reviews. The Norwegian one savages the movie. The American one gives it a 6. The IMDb rating is 6.0, based on a large 856 number of voters.
My view is this movie is good, and it doesn't bring down the Varg Veum movie series at all. Made in 2008, it's relevant today, even in America. Police brutality has become more of a problem in America. Immigration is not a big concern, nowhere near what it is in Europe; but yet it has been given prominence by one candidate in the 2016 election cycle. America has no right-wing and/or populist party; but there is some growth of that tendency.
The movie goes all the way in terms of dramatizing a conspiracy to get one candidate nominated. That's surely drama, but yet its insights into power and the willingness to sacrifice integrity for power are fresh as ever. The key character is that played by Siv Charlotte Klynderud, who aspires to be the party's nominee. She does a great job in this part. She's very convincing. And the part is very well-written to bring out her values. Seim as Varg Veum is as effective as ever. His part remains true to the character. His detecting style is strongest in knowing how to approach people involved so as to extract information. He hardly ever resorts to violence or law-breaking; but he does do one break-in to recover stolen property from a known bad guy. Bjørn Floberg's interactions with Seim remain entertaining.
This movie fits the neo-noir tradition. The photography is quite gray. It extends the Varg Veum film series suitably. The detection work was well-paced. The behind the scenes political matters were interesting. I see no reason to pan or avoid this entry.
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