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The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013)

Dept. Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 31 January 2013 (USA)
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Police inspector Carl Mørck is put in charge of a department of cold cases, joined only by his assistant, Assad. They dig into a case about a disappeared woman.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Per Scheel Krüger ...
Hardy Henningsen
Øyvind B. Fabricius Holm ...
Død mand
Divya Das ...
Anne Bærskog Hauger ...
Viggas Rasmussen (voice) (as Anne Hauger)
Merete Lynggaard
Tage Baggesen
Søs Norup
Marie Mondrup ...
Helle Andersen
Uffe Lynggaard
Kenneth Carmohn ...
Mand på færge
Michael Brostrup ...
Børge Bak


Chief detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad become involved in a five-year-old case concerning the mystery of politician Merete Lynggaard's disappearance - a journey that takes them deep into the undercurrent of abuse and malice that lurks beneath the polished surface of Scandinavia. Written by Zentropa Productions

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Intet er glemt for altid (Nothing is forgotten forever) (Danish teaser poster)


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Release Date:

31 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kvinden i buret  »

Box Office


€5,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first movie in Jussi Adler-Olsen's Q- Series. See more »


The main villain, Lars, is sent to the orphanage in 1991. Before this he set in the care of foster parents. In the living room these foster parents there is a combination VHS-DVD machine, which did not appear at least 15 years later. See more »


Assad: [sarcastically/defiantly] Sorry... my Danish isn't so good
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Followed by The Absent One (2014) See more »


Summer Dresses
Written by Jay.Soul (as Jeroen van Olffen)
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Skilfully constructed "old-time" crime story
18 July 2014 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Scandinavian detective films is a sign of international quality, especially for those who think that stories can be catchy without constant chases-shootings and without a thin line between law machinery and criminals. Kvinden i buret is a nice and solid example such films, plus talented character actors in leading roles - a Dane Nikolaj Lie Kaas and an Assyrian from Sweden Fares Fares (by the way, speaking tolerable Danish). Multidimensional plot provides additional tensions and you start to ponder who and why, the outcome is logical, although the wrongdoer's person and motives were revealed a bit too early. The film includes several clichés as well (for example, injudicious boss vs. solitary pigheaded detective, bickers between partners), but they are not annoying, enabling to unfold the characters and justify certain deeds.

All in all, a nice film, and first in the line of films (to be) made on the basis of Jussi Adler-Olsen's novels. I am looking forward to see them all.

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