Wallander: Season 2, Episode 1

Faceless Killers (3 Oct. 2010)

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An elderly couple, the Lovgrens, are murdered at their isolated farmstead and Mrs. Lovgren's last word to Wallander seems to be "Foreigners." When this is leaked to the press a migrant ... See full summary »

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An elderly couple, the Lovgrens, are murdered at their isolated farmstead and Mrs. Lovgren's last word to Wallander seems to be "Foreigners." When this is leaked to the press a migrant labourers' camp is torched and a foreign worker shot by anonymous right wing vigilantes. Daughter Linda, dating a Syrian doctor, accuses Wallander of racism and, although Lovgren's brother-in-law tells the police that the dead man had a hidden fortune, which his murderers stole, and an illegitimate son, neither fact is immediately helpful. However, Wallander's obsessive pursuit of the owner of a car used in the revenge killing yields a result, though it almost costs him his job and the Lovgrens' slayers are finally cornered in a fairground. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This episode features 'Fredrik Gunnarson', who played the regular cast character Svartman in the Swedish adaptation Wallander (2005). See more »

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The bandage on Wallander's hand disappears a couple of times. When he is driving to the farm (when he finds the satchel) he wipes his left hand across his face and there is no bandage. When he is at the farm, the bandage is there. A second time, when he is driving away from his father's house, he again wipes his left hand across his face and the bandage is gone. Next scene, the bandage is back. See more »

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Dark, intense mystery
16 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautiful, lonely terrain is the setting for "Wallender: Faceless Killers," in season 2 of the series starring Kenneth Branagh. Branagh, unshaven and with messy hair, is the detective who takes everything to heart rather than being detached. In this story, an elderly couple, Johannes and Maria Lovgren, is killed in a home invasion, and it looks as if they were tortured before their murders.

There's more to Johannes' life than first appears. Though the couple lived on a rundown farm, Johannes had a separate bank account out of which he withdrew a large amount of money each quarter. A neighbor tells Wallender that the man had a mistress and a child. This leads to a search for the other family. And there's a very real problem inside the police force: someone has been leaking information about the case to the press, including the guess on Wallender's part that Maria might have said "foreigner" before she died. This is obviously a hot topic and arouses threats against the migrant workers. On the personal side, Wallender is attempting to connect with his daughter, who has a new boyfriend, a Syrian. And his father's dementia is worsening.

This a gritty story, relentless in its heavy mood, and not something to watch when you have a headache. Kenneth Branagh is excellent as the world-weary Wallender, and he is supported by an excellent cast including David Warner, Jeany Spark, Arsher Ali, and Tom McCabe. The show is beautifully produced. It's not escapist entertainment, but it is compelling.


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