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Faceless Murderer 

Mördare utan ansikte (original title)
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Rolf Lassgård ...  Kurt Wallander 4 episodes, 1995
Sven Wollter ...  Rydberg 4 episodes, 1995
Åke Jörnfalk Åke Jörnfalk ...  Hansson 4 episodes, 1995
Rolf Lydahl Rolf Lydahl ...  Norén 4 episodes, 1995
Frederic Täckström Frederic Täckström ...  Svedberg 4 episodes, 1995
Gunnel Nilsson ...  Ebba 4 episodes, 1995
Ernst Günther ...  Fadern 4 episodes, 1995
Anders Weick Anders Weick ...  Näslund 3 episodes, 1995
Jan Sigurd Jan Sigurd ...  Peters 3 episodes, 1995
Joakim Narin Joakim Narin ...  Martinsson 3 episodes, 1995
Catta Pålsson Catta Pålsson ...  Agneta 3 episodes, 1995
Cecilia Zwick-Nash Cecilia Zwick-Nash ...  Linda 3 episodes, 1995
Nina Gunke ...  Anette Brolin 3 episodes, 1995
Barbro Christenson Barbro Christenson ...  Kristina 2 episodes, 1995
Carina Lidbom Carina Lidbom ...  Eva Strandberg 2 episodes, 1995
Ewa Nilsson Ewa Nilsson ...  Bankkassörskan / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Thomas Ungewitter Thomas Ungewitter ...  Bankkamrern 2 episodes, 1995
Pär Ericson Pär Ericson ...  Rune Bergman 2 episodes, 1995
Gunnar Öhlund Gunnar Öhlund ...  Nyström 2 episodes, 1995
Isidor Torkar Isidor Torkar ...  Läkare 2 episodes, 1995
Cecilia Frode ...  Cattis 2 episodes, 1995
Cecilia Walton Cecilia Walton ...  Mona 2 episodes, 1995
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3 September 1995 (Sweden) See more »

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Atmospheric Yet Politically Astute Detective Thriller
30 December 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Watching this twenty-year-old episode of the Swedish detective series, viewers might be struck by the vast difference in terms of structure and cinematic technique between this and the average British or American thriller.

Director Per Berglund favors a leisurely shooting-style, with characters moving within the frame, rather than the rapid shot/reverse shot. Thus the characters have both the time and space to develop their relationships; we understand clearly the love Wallander (Rolf Lassgård) still bears for his family, including Linda (Cecilia Zwick-Nash), even though the detective is impossible to live with. Berglund also makes astute use of light and shade - the wan sunlight of a Swedish winter casts a melancholic pall over the entire proceedings, as Wallander investigates a brutal murder of an elderly couple and becomes embroiled in a public scandal.

"Faceless Murderer" (aka "Mördare utan ansikte") doesn't pull its punches in terms of its politics. It creates a small-town world in which immigrants are viewed not only as interlopers, 'destroying' the all-white Swedish world, but terrorists as well. When Wallander fails to make an arrest in timely fashion, a series of vigilante groups attack a camp for foreign refugees, burning a building to the ground and carrying out a brutal ritual murder. Wallander manages to discover the culprits, but remains powerless to change entrenched attitudes; it seems that the non-white will always be regarded as a potentially threatening figure.

Rolf Lassgård offers a memorable characterization of the eponymous hero. He shares with Inspector Morse a taste for opera, but his physical bulk, disheveled appearance and boorish manner suggests a personality profoundly ill at ease with himself. It seems that detective work offers him brief periods of respite from brooding about his disastrous personal life. With no one to care for him, he can only take solace in alcohol; on many an occasion he is shown sleeping in a drunken stupor on his sofa, the television hissing in the background (when all transmissions have ended).

The pace might be slow, but director Berglund has a definite talent for creating atmosphere as well as suspense. Having not watched the British remake of the series (with Kenneth Branagh in the title role), I came to this Wallander tale with no preconceptions as to its content and/or form. I have to admit that I'm hooked.


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