A girl disappears on her way to school, and suspicion falls on her father who has been fighting for her custody. Wallander's investigation is helped when he visits a woman whom he had arrested when her own daughter disappeared.
Young girl bicycles off to school leaving her estranged parents in the midst of an argument. She disappears and her bicycle is tossed into the water. Kurt returns from his suspension and he and the team first focus on the mother and her Chilean ex, the girl's father. They are both suing for full custody, and so both have a motive to keep her from the other. But Kurt senses a similarity with an unsolved disappearance of a little girl from several years before, a case in which he aggressively fixated on the girl's mother as the suspect. Now has to get her cooperation before the rest of the team moves onto another suspect.Written by
The title "Försvunnen" translates in English to "Missing". See more »
Wallander and two others get into his Volkswagen CC, but the interior shots from the car show them seated in a Volvo V70. In a later scene when Wallander gives a woman a lift, the interior of the Volkswagen CC is beige with wood trim when the woman is shown. When Wallander is shown, the interior is suddenly black with aluminum trim and a black roof lining. See more »
To A Girl
music & lyrics by Stefan Stenman
performed by Ordinary By Day See more »
I can totally see the approach the screenwriter Niklas Rockström has taken here. Use details from one of the most notorious recent crime cases in Sweden, the abduction of a 10-year old girl in 2008, and combine it with details from one of the most prominent and famous European crime cases from the last decade (which one would be a spoiler but I'm sure you'll get it when you see the movie).
The mix he comes up with is pretty suspenseful. Looking back at the plot, is has some monumental holes and some details are just too unbelievable to be realistic. The lack of plausibility doesn't strike you when you're watching though, as the pace is pretty high.
Another problem is that the film doesn't dare to show some aspects of child abduction in the movie. The film contains some rather dark and disturbing scenes but cowardly shies away from the obvious sexual dimension, probably in order to set up the totally unrealistic ending of the movie.
If the script is a bit so-so, the acting and directing is pretty solid. Krister Henriksson does a good job as does the regular supporting cast. Guest stars include Gustaf Hammarsten, a familiar face to Swedish cinema-goers, and Liv Mjönes, who has worked with Henriksson before in "Kyss Mig".
Overall this is a pretty decent Wallander movie, by no means one of the best but the pretty decent acting and fast pace keeps it interesting throughout.
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