It's not easy to be 28 year old detective Robert Bogerud. He is the only detective in the country with Downs syndrome. He has own office, a trench-coat and a Bogart-hat. He is ready - all he needs is his first case. Not even his father, a policeman, believes in Robert. One morning a mysterious lady turns up at his office. The skating legend Olav Stjernen has disappeared, and the family fears the worst. The reality is that they are in desperate need for an incompetent detective to please Olav Stjernens senile and awfully rich mother. Robert is the perfect man for the job! The family's secrets are far more dangerous than Robert expects, and with his own life on stake he sets out to get the truth. Maybe Robert is not so stupid as everyone thought? Written by
Detective Downs has a difficult idea to film, and just like Bård Breiens "The art of negative thinking", which also was dealing with what we could call human defects (mental institution), this has trouble filling the shoes of the idea.
The film uses inspiration from a lot of classic movies and TV-series like Pink Panther, Agathon Sax and Film Noir crime stories.
Most likely you will think this is funny, but with a little bad after taste in your mouth. I found the start good, but that the film fail, especially on the emotional side of it, and also in some of the light weight acting as well as with the manuscript. The story is in no way believable. I've seen this much better done in other Norwegian films dealing with special persons: Elling (all the three films) and Alt for Egil, which were charm bombs.
Detective Downs is about Robert Bogerud, a grown up young man with downs syndrome. his father is a detective, but suffering with grief after losing his wife, and the mother of Robert. Robert want's to be a detective like his father is, in the police, except he has to be a private investigator, inspired by Humphrey Bogarts detective characters. The only thing. No one will hire him when they discover he has downs. They think it's all a joke.
And there's the main problem with the film. Because it's all a joke. Too much so. Also the plot of the story, but when Robert finally gets a case, then it's because he has downs. I'd like to see a film not dealing with the question so easily. OK that it's a comedy, and many scenes in the film are up right funny. so is some of the dialog.
But why does everyone have to treat Robert like he's a retard? He isn't, but the film seems to hold on to that theory too much for my like.
If you manage to see this as only a light weight comedy, you most likely will enjoy it due to the many laughs it gives. Still I think it's too easy to both get bored, dislike the story as well as choking on the laughs.
I don't like the plot. A film like this had deserved a better story. And still it could be just as funny, or even funnier.
So this film comes out just like the first of Bård Breien films. He will get appraisals in some corners of the film milieu, and deservedly so. Still I think his manuscript would have had good of treatment by others in a more professional manner. A good try, which fails emotionally.
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