Beck and his team are not afraid to go beyond simple homicide cases and reach across borders. They find themselves at odds with the Intelligence service, as they discover seedy underworld transactions and links.
The Storyline, shown twice on this page, has nothing to do with this episode, which deals with an abused woman and (spoiler) the policeman who has abused her and killed her ex-husband , not with "reach across borders" or "odds with the Intelligence service" or "seedy underworld transactions and links."
When Lillemor looks at the business card of Gunvald, the cell phone number shown is one owned by the production company of the picture, Filmlance. The beeper number is fake, with the digits 12 34 65. See more »
In the final stage of the movie, when Gunvald is driving for the Berner residence, you clearly see skid marks in the hard turn, as the scene is taken numerous times. See more »
A light of hope for Swedish cinema
Having become much of an institution in Sweden, Sjöwall/Wahlöö's characters Martin Beck and Gunvald Larsson has seen a lot in their days on the silver screen since Mannen på Taket came sometime during the stone age. Especially the latest incarnation (for yes, just like James Bond, Martin Beck has been portrayed by several actors, as have Gunvald) have seen many ups and downs.
But entering the third and last season of Beck movies for the duo Haber/Persbrandt with Skarpt Läge has put the bar up high.
This is not a common Swedish movie. The dullness of the "diskbänskrealism" is gone, yet we never leave the frightening proximity of home as the plot evolves around spousal abuse.
Skarpt Läge delivers an experience of utter and sheer horror as well as action rarely seen in this cold country's cinemas. A joy, but it has its price - a look into the terrifying world of the victims suffering from a husband beating them gives repulsion a meaning. Uncomfortable, yet the film is captivating and even fun at times.
If you are to see a contemporary Swedish movie - skip the boring dramas and see this. Had the international audience seen Sweden as a film industry, this would be praised abroad. A shame it isn't, but a terrific film, none the less.
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