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Crimes of Passion: King Lily of the Valley (2013)

Kung Liljekonvalje av dungen (original title)
A young woman is absent from her own wedding and is found murdered the next morning.


Maria Lang (novel), Jonna Bolin-Cullberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tuva Novotny ... Puck
Linus Wahlgren ... Eje
Ola Rapace ... Christer
Maia Hansson Bergqvist Maia Hansson Bergqvist ... Anneli
Ulric von der Esch ... Axel
Ida Marianne Vassbotn Klasson Ida Marianne Vassbotn Klasson ... Dina (as Marianne Vassbotn Klasson)
Bengt Järnblad Bengt Järnblad ... Egon
Irma von Platen Irma von Platen ... Elvira
Maria Sid Maria Sid ... Fanny
Lena B. Eriksson Lena B. Eriksson ... Gretel
Inga Landgré ... Gustava
Eva Millberg Eva Millberg ... Helena
Alexander Stocks Alexander Stocks ... Joakim
Victor von Schirach ... Kalle
Fredrik Dolk Fredrik Dolk ... Leo Berggren


Einar Bure and his fiancée Puck Ekstedt are invited to a wedding in the small town of Skoga. Outside the church they meet Christer Wijk, chief of the national homicide investigation team, with his mother Helena, who invites them to stay in her house for a couple of days. Suddenly the bridegroom, Joakim Kruse, appears and informs the wedding guests that his bride, Anneli Hassel, hasn't arrived, which means that the wedding is canceled. Early next morning Christer and Puck stumble upon the dead body of the bride, lying at a lawn. They start investigating the murder, and soon find out that a lot of people are lying. All of them are surely not involved in the homicide, but are trying to hide other secrets that could cause disgrace in the small town. All evidences in the case seem to point at a recluse, Mats Norrgård, who is found hanging dead at his cottage in the wood, but Christer and Puck are quite sure that he isn't the murder. Meantime Einar and Puck are planning their own wedding. ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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7 August 2013 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimes of Passion: El rey de los valles See more »

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Pampas Produktion See more »
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The title is taken from Gustaf Fröding's poem "Kung Liljekonvalje" (King Lily of the Valley), part of which is read aloud by Puck. It's also sung by a choir. See more »


In the 50s Swedish cars drove in the left side of the street, which they correctly do in this and the other episodes, but the steering wheel is wrongly placed in the left side of the car. As in other countries, where cars drive in the left side, the steering wheel was placed in the right side of the Swedish cars.

This is incorrect - Swedish cars always had the steering wheel on the left side. See more »

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Besides the three recurring roles the cast credits are alphabetized by character name. See more »


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

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Dour Murder Mystery Revealing the Futility of Romantic Love
8 September 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

The second in the series of Swedish detective thrillers set in the late Fifties concocted a complicated murder mystery involving a bride-to- be, her jilted fiancé (Alexander Stocks), a stepfather with a mysterious past (Bengt Järnblad) and a host of minor characters. Set in a small Swedish village, Christian Eklöw and Christopher Panov's production communicated the hothouse atmosphere, in which everyone knows everyone else's business: secrets cannot be kept for long.

This proved exceptionally ironic, in view of the fact that all the murder suspects, it seemed, were prepared to weave a tissue of lives so as to throw Inspector Christer (Ola Rapace) off the scent. With the help of Ph.D. student Puck (Tuva Novotny), however, he managed to get to the truth of the matter and, in the manner of all good Agatha Christie-derived detective thrillers, revealed the murder in a climactic sequence at the end, when all the suspects were gathered together.

What made KING LILY OF THE VALLEY more interesting, however, was its thematic subtext on the futility of romantic love. The murder victim, it seemed, had a long-standing boyfriend, as well as another admirer Lars-Ove (Philip Panov), who could never admit his true feelings for her. In a village where outward show mattered above all else, she was forced into contracting an unwanted marriage with Joakim. This particular plot-line was contrasted with the romantic tribulations of Puck and her fiancé Eje (Linus Wahlgren): although Linus wanted a white wedding, with Puck ideally wearing his mother's wedding-dress, Puck wanted something else - even though she did not quite know what it was. It seemed as if she was being forced into a similar emotional corner: that is, until a climactic sequence towards the end where she told Eje exactly what she wanted.

Perhaps Puck was a victim of the times: the late Fifties setting in this adaptation proved significant, as it depicted a patriarchal world in which women's life-choices were very limited. Puck was something of a radical character insofar as she did not want to become a homemaker or a child-bearer, but sought a career of her own. However such choices are not available to all women, as the murder victim's fate revealed. The lilies of the valley, that formed a thematic backdrop to this episode, symbolized the futility of most women's struggle to assert themselves.

A melancholy adaptation - although well performed and tightly structured - it offered a pessimistic view of female destiny in mid- twentieth century Sweden.

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