Detective Sergeant Timo HarjunpÃ¤Ã¤ of the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit is an honest and conscientious cop;one of the city's very best;who loses his daughter in tragic circumstances. ... See full summary »
When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »
The tough Detective Vares, get hired by a friend accused of murdering a girl. His job is to find the real killer, but people aren't talking. Before he can get traction another homicide takes place- and things move toward a dire conclusion.
A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare. Inari, his girlfriend, is tired of Janne's incapability of getting a grip... See full summary »
Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third ... See full summary »
Initially Juha Veijonen was announced to play the leading role of Jussi Vares as in the earlier Vares films, but in March 2010 it was announced that he was unable to reprise the role and the replacement will be Antti Reini. See more »
The Scandinavian "Mystery" genre is amazing. There are astonishingly good series that come out of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. "Private Eye Vares" is one of them. And it is one of the best. A number of "movies" in this series were made starting in 2011 (they're hard to find on IMDb; look for them under lead actor Antti Reini).
These are very, very noir, down to the Sam Spade-like voice-over in first-person narrative. It's a modern-day Dashiell Hammett. But there is also a lot of humor here, and the humor translates well for the English-speaking audience. There's really nothing more fun to watch than Antti Reini as Jussi Vares. But let's not stop there, all the actors -- all the characters -- are wonderful. Jussi's band of brothers includes a former pastor who now owns a bookstore, a writer of bad fiction novels, a tabloid journalist, and a police homicide investigator. They're mostly a group of adorable, well-meaning, and clever, if scuzzy, drunks. Other equally captivating characters come and go.
The stories are complicated, challenging, and often surprising. I'll be up front that they can be quite violent. But Reini is so endearing as the lead character, I put up with the brutality. Vares is tough, but sweet (he loves cats!), and smart... He's so very smart. And... let's face it... he's incredibly sexy. He seems like a winner, but has a whiff of a loser about him. So he's complicated and ambiguous. And maybe not the kind of guy you really want to bring home. Or... maybe he is....
It's a dark world that Vares and his pals occupy. But they are fun to watch!
Thanks to MHz Worldview International Mystery for airing these. http://www.mhznetworks.org/programs/mystery-drama
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