Wallander (2008–2016)
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The Troubled Man 

Kurt is in a race against time as he embarks on his final case - the disappearance of his daughter's father-in-law.

Director:

Benjamin Caron

Writers:

Peter Harness, Henning Mankell (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Hardiman ... Hakan von Enke
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
John Lightbody ... Dr. Öberg
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander
Boel Larsson Boel Larsson ... Simona
Ann Bell ... Louise von Enke
Simon Chandler ... Nils Ytterberg
Christopher Fairbank ... Sten Norlander
Barnaby Kay ... Lennart Mattson
Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
Joe Claflin ... Tobias Eliasson
Kitty Peterkin ... Klara von Enke
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Hans von Enke
Garrick Hagon ... Steven Wilson
Nimmy March ... Nurse
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When his daughter Linda's father-in-law Haken disappears the newly reinstated Wallander assists detective Yttenberg in trying to find him. Learning that Haken had been a submariner thirty years earlier Wallander believes he was keeping secrets relating to that period of his life from his wife Louise, another secret being Haken's severely disabled daughter Signe, whom he would visit surreptitiously. following a suspicious death Wallander's own dementia begins to slowly kick in but he still unearths events from the 1980s when Haken was possibly leading a double life. In locating the missing man Wallander discovers the truth about these accusations and is able to close his very last case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Branagh's Wallander website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Zodiak Entertainment See more »
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Trivia

In the intro, Kenneth Branagh's voiceover recites the poem 'The Half-Finished Heaven' by Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer but skipping the ante-penultimate verse "The endless ground under us". See more »

Goofs

at 49:47 Wallander asks his son-in-law, "what else have you been keeping from my sister?" ... He must mean his daughter. NOTE: it may not be a goof as it may mean to demonstrate his mental slippage after his diagnosis of Alzheimer's. See more »

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Version of Wallander: A Lesson in Love (2015) See more »

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Final Episode in the Series Charting Wallander's Mental Deterioration
25 June 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

In this, the final episode of the British dramatization of the Swedish detective series of novels, Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) investigates another complicated case involving Hakan von Enke (Terrence Hardiman). Hakan is the father-in-law of Wallander's daughter Linda (Jeany Spark), so there is a distinctly personal aspect to this case.

The plot hinges on an incident taking place during the mid-Eighties when Hakan was involved in an incident where Soviet submarines encroached into Swedish waters. Nothing is quite what it seems: loyalties are brought into question, and Hakan's wife Louise (Ann Bell) is revealed to have been involved, despite outward appearances. In the end Wallander unravels the plot and confronts Hakan in a climactic sequence taking place in a deserted tunnel.

Of more interest in this episode, perhaps, is Wallander's gradually deteriorating state of mind. Although gamely pursuing his chosen career, it's clear that he is subject to moments where he quite literally does not know where he is or what he is doing. In his son-in-law Hans's (Harry Haddon-Paton's) office, for example, he loses the power to communicate, much to everyone's consternation. Later on he is discovered outside his house tearing off his shirt and jacket - reminiscent of King Lear on the heath - and is only prevented from causing further self-harm by his daughter's sympathetic ministrations. Branagh is very good at such moments, as he shows how Wallander's mind oscillates between extreme rationalism and wild imagining.

In the end the story is transformed into a race against time: will Wallander be able to solve the case before he finally succumbs to his illness? The ending is predictable, but engaging nonetheless; and is followed by a denouement in which Wallander empties his office desk and communicates with his deceased father (David Warner).

As with the other episodes in this short series, the action unfolds at a leisurely pace, with attention paid as much to the gray Swedish landscape as to the characters operating within it. "The Troubled Man" is a melancholy piece, but fascinating nonetheless.


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