In this adaption of a Henning Mankell novel, Inspector Kurt Wallander investigates a case of murder and trade of human organs.
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Series cast summary:
Rolf Lassgård ...  Kurt Wallander 2 episodes, 2003
Marie Richardson ...  Maja Thysell 2 episodes, 2003
Christer Fant ...  Svedberg 2 episodes, 2003
Lars Melin Lars Melin ...  Martinsson 2 episodes, 2003
Kerstin Andersson Kerstin Andersson ...  Lisa Holgersson 2 episodes, 2003
Claes Månsson ...  Alfred Harderberg 2 episodes, 2003
Melinda Kinnaman ...  Kristina Harderberg 2 episodes, 2003
Anna-Lena Hemström Anna-Lena Hemström ...  Annika 2 episodes, 2003
Peter Sundberg Peter Sundberg ...  Kurt Ström 2 episodes, 2003
Miodrag Stojanovic Miodrag Stojanovic ...  Litauer 2 episodes, 2003
Vilko Radan Vilko Radan ...  Litauer 2 episodes, 2003
Karin Bertling Karin Bertling ...  Fru Dunér 2 episodes, 2003
Patrik Karlson ...  Polis 2 episodes, 2003
Per Lasson Per Lasson ...  Polis 2 episodes, 2003
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An old friend of Kurt Wallander, solicitor Sten Torstensson, visits him one day to tell him that his father has passed away close to Brösarp under peculiar circumstances. Kurt does not take his friend's worry seriously. Shortly after, the friend is found brutally murdered and Wallander realises too late that he was wrong. In the hunt for the killer Wallander finds a conspiracy of crimes that leads him to a company that handles transplantations of human organs. Behind the company he finds the image of a man. An elegant and self-confident man who writes his own rules. But who is he? Who gives himself the right to judge over other people? Whose morals decide what is right and wrong? Kurt Wallander is not one of them. In "The man who smiled" he gets himself into crossfire of immorality, betrayal, lies and everything else a man will do to be loved. Written by Tomas Tivemark

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Release Date:

26 December 2003 (Sweden) See more »

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SEK 14,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts) | (DVD)

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Stereo

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16:9
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The earliest screen Wallander
17 December 2010 | by gray4See all my reviews

After watching the Swedish television series starring Krister Henriksson as Wallander, it takes some considerable adjustment to believe that the bear-like Rolf Lassgard is really playing the same detective. Similar adjustments are needed as the familiar characters from Mankell's great novel and the Swedish TV series appear with different faces.

However, the overall sense of gloom and angst that characterises the Wallander series is maintained throughout this 2003 two-hour adaptation for television (now shown on UK television for the first time). The twists and turns of Mankell's plot contrast the gentle Skane countryside with the violent bombs, mines and shootings.

The plot, familiar not only through Mankell's novel but a recent UK TV adaptation starring Kenneth Branagh is bleak, verging on the gruesome - details omitted to avoid spoilers. But the storyline has been simplified, so that the reasons for Wallander's depression and drinking are omitted and his complicated personal life streamlined to an affair with colleague Maja (excellent acting by Marie Richardson)and a clumsy one-night stand in Stockholm. The result is an absorbing two-hour tale, but lacking some of the intensity of the later and shorter adaptations for television.


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