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Crimes of Passion: Death of a Loved One (2013)

Mördaren ljuger inte ensam (original title)
Puck Ekstedt, doctoral student in literature, is invited by her supervisor Rutger to spend Midsummer with him and his wife at their summer house on an isolated island. When he reveals that ... See full summary »

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Birger Larsen

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Maria Lang (novel), Jonna Bolin-Cullberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Tuva Novotny ... Puck
Linus Wahlgren ... Eje
Ola Rapace ... Christer
Suzanna Dilber Suzanna Dilber ... Ann
Peter Viitanen Peter Viitanen ... Carl Herman
Andreas Utterhall Andreas Utterhall ... Georg (as Andréas Utterhall)
Ida Engvoll ... Lil
Fanny Risberg ... Marianne
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Rutger
Sanna Krepper Sanna Krepper ... Viveka
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Puck Ekstedt, doctoral student in literature, is invited by her supervisor Rutger to spend Midsummer with him and his wife at their summer house on an isolated island. When he reveals that the young historian Einar Bure will be there too, Puck gladly accepts. When she arrives to the Midsummer party on the island, she finds a bunch of young people, whose lives are entwined since their student days. She quickly notices a web of tensions between them, both erotic and distressing. These tensions grow, when Rutger's former fiance Marianne Wallman unexpectedly turns up with her girlfriend Viveka Stensson. Next morning Puck stumbles upon Marianne's dead body in the wood. Puck and Einar go with the motor boat across the lake to call for Einar's friend Christer Wijk, chief of the national homicide investigation team. When Christer arrives to the island, the boat's motor breaks down. There is no other boat, and no telephone, so now all of them are isolated together on the island. The murderer ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Connections

Followed by Crimes of Passion: Roses, Kisses and Death (2013) See more »

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Composed and performed Karl Frid and Pär Frid
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Lacklustre first movie
19 July 2013 | by rolanddddSee all my reviews

Kicking off a new Swedish crime series based on Maria Lang's crime novels," Mördaren Ljuger inte ensam" was released in cinemas this spring. The main character Puck, played by Tuva Novotny, is invited to celebrate midsummer on a remote island. While initially reluctant, upon hearing that good-looking charmer Einar (Linus Wahlgren) will be present she agrees. The party guests all seem to be emotionally involved with one another and before long a killer starts to pick them off one by one.

Personally I couldn't believe another Swedish "killer on a remote island" would be released so soon after last year's Maria Wern thriller "Inte ens det förflutna". Both movies are about people traveling to remote islands to celebrate an occasion, but their boats break down and therefore there is no escape from the killer picking them off one by one. Even more strangely, actor Fanny Risberg stars in both movies, so I really wonder about the small world of Swedish cinema and its obvious lack of creativity and new ideas.

On the brighter side, the movie looks really good, the 50s settings look realistic and the camera-work and directing are of some quality. The actors are experienced well-known names who know how to do a good job, and I really liked watching relative unknown Ida Engvoll outshining many more experienced actors with her impressive performance as Lil. On the other hand, I found Tuva Novotny's Puck rather bland as a character, she doesn't really say or do much and therefore is more of an observer than a lead character, unfortunately.

The plot keeps you guessing most of the way through the movie, and I found myself thinking I had solved the mystery quite a few times before (of course) being proved wrong. I was quite disappointed at the anticlimactic ending though, which of course solves the mystery, but without any excitement or action. Overall, a decent first film of the series, but not on par with the likes of Wallander or Johan Falk just yet.


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Swedish

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8 March 2013 (Sweden) See more »

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$569,491
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