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  (in credits order)

Tuva Novotny ... Puck

Linus Wahlgren ... Eje

Ola Rapace ... Christer
Reuben Sallmander ... Arne

Katia Winter ... Barbara
Emil Almén ... Connie
Liv Mjönes ... Hemmafru 1

Susanne Thorson ... Hemmafru 2
Sofia Bach ... Hjördis
Johan H:son Kjellgren ... Johannes
Ella Fogelström ... Lotta

Anastasios Soulis ... Mårten (as Stasse Soulis)
Natalie Minnevik ... Susanne
Sissela Kyle ... Tekla

Jacob Ericksson ... Tord
Kim Sulocki ... Äkta man 1
Måns Nathanaelson ... Äkta man 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anders de Wahl ... Himself - Uppläsare av 'Nyårsklockan' i radio (archive footage) (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Christian Eklöw 
Christopher Panov 
Writing credits
Maria Lang (novel)

Alex Haridi (screenplay)

Inger Scharis 

Produced by
Renée Axö .... producer
Original Music by
Karl Frid (music composed by)
Pär Frid (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Andres Rignell 
Costume Design by
Maya Degerlund 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Chilla .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Bernt Eklund .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernt Eklund .... supervising sound editor
Joakim Elfgren .... foley artist
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Enberg .... video assistant
Joakim Eriksson .... d.i.t
Mikael Lindström .... first assistant camera
Music Department
Bernt Eklund .... score mixer
Other crew
Mattias Johansson .... business affairs
Henrik Bergman Rydgren .... location manager
Christian Sjöberg .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Tragedi på en lantkyrkogård" - Sweden (original title)
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93 min (25 fps)

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Slightly Undramatic and Contrived Murder Mystery, 5 October 2014
Author: l_rawjalaurence from London

Compared to the other five in the CRIMES OF PASSION series, DEATH IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD had a pronounced lack of dramatic action, as well as a rather contrived denouement.

The ingredients are all there: it's Christmas Eve, and Puck (Tuva Novotny) attends a family gathering. All plans for the festive season go awry when local store-owner Arne (Reuben Sallmander) is hacked to death with an ax. The tale unfolds by twists and turns, as Eje (Linus Wahlgren) has a flirtation with Arne's widow Barbara (Katia Winter), while ten-year-old child Lotta (Ella Fogelström), a would-be detective, finds herself involved in some distinctly unsavory proceedings. Meanwhile Lotta's father, the local vicar Tord (Jacob Ericksson) tries to forestall Christer's (Ola Rapace's) investigations in an attempt to uphold the Christian spirit of the times, but at the same time conceals a guilty secret.

Christian Eklöw and Christopher Panov's production unfolds as a series of undramatic set-pieces, involving a considerable amount of plot-information exchanged by the characters. Most of the action takes place off-screen; the most we get to hear are screams from Lotta and Barbara. This type of structure forces viewers to pay particular attention to the plot, otherwise they might miss something that helps to explain why the murders were actually committed. Nonetheless there are still a considerable amount of red herrings here, few of which appear to bear much relevance to the story.

TRAGEDY ON A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD has plenty of atmosphere; the snow- covered landscapes, the musty country churches; the cottages with roaring fires. On the other hand the production itself is rather deficient in terms of action. Even Christer has to cope with an unaccustomed disappointment, as he manages not to end up with a girl at the end of the drama.

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