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"The Young Montalbano" Sette lunedì (2012)"Il giovane Montalbano" Sette lunedì (original title)

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Broken-Backed Episode with an Exciting Denouement

Author: l_rawjalaurence from London
7 September 2015

SEVEN MONDAYS is in a sense two episodes in one. In the first, Montalbano (Michele Riondino) investigates the death of a local bourgeois. Ostensibly it looks like a filial crime involving an alcoholic married to a money-grasping spouse, but it turns out to be a crime of passion. In the second, and perhaps more interesting plot, our hero investigates a series of animal murders over a seven- week period in which the victim gets bigger and bigger each time - first a fish, and culminating in an elephant. Eventually he becomes embroiled in another family affair, only this time it involves an extreme form of Christianity that can only be explained by an ancient mystic (Sergio Graziani).

The attraction of this episode stems from an exciting ending, where the Inspector and Fazio (Andrea Tidona) are in real danger of getting blown to bits in a historic theater. There is also several instances of comic repartee involving Montalbano and Augello (Alessio Vassallo), a would-be stud with a high opinion of himself. Sometimes it seems that sex assumes more significance than his job. Catarella (Fabrizio Pizzuto) flits ineffectively in and out of the action - on one occasion Montalbano gives him the herculean task of finding Livia's (Sarah Felberbaum's) whereabouts by searching the entire telephone directory of the Alps.

Eventually the episode ends happily, although we fear for the future of Montalbano and Livia's relationship. Although he professes love for her, his work keeps getting in the way of any future intimacies between the two.

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Seven Mondays

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
12 October 2013

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This episode sees Montalbano and the team investigating two cases; one that is fairly routine, the other most definitely isn't. The routine case involves the murder of a rich, elderly man; initially it is assumed his drunken son killed him for the inheritance but it isn't long before it looks as if he couldn't have done it. The second case initially appears almost trivial; one Monday morning they receive a report concerning the shooting of a fish! They begin to wonder if it is a bit more serious when the next week a chicken is shot and the next week a dog. Somebody is shooting increasingly large animals and they have to figure out who it is before a person is targeted… it won't be easy though as there is no obvious connection between the animals or their owners.

It is a pity that this was the final episode of this all too short series; I can only hope more are made later. The two cases were interesting although the old man's murder was solved surprisingly quickly. That didn't matter though as the animal case was both interesting and bizarre. It may have got a bit silly towards the end but that didn't matter as the story was both entertaining and amusing. The fact that the stories are often amusing is what makes the series appeal to me. Inevitably many of the laughs come from the bumbling Catarella but they are also provided by the womanising Mimi and even Montalbano himself as he becomes jealous when girlfriend Livia goes on holiday without him. As always the acting is solid; the actors really bring the characters to life even though I rely on the subtitles to understand what they are saying.

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