The murder of young twins initially implicates a group of upper class students as the killers, though the case takes a turn or two from its starting point.


Mikkel Nørgaard
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Carl Mørck
Fares Fares ... Assad
Pilou Asbæk ... Ditlev Pram
David Dencik ... Ulrik Dybbøl
Danica Curcic ... Kimmie
Sarah-Sofie Boussnina ... Kimmie som ung
Johanne Louise Schmidt Johanne Louise Schmidt ... Rose
Marco Ilsø ... Ditlev som ung
Beate Bille Beate Bille ... Thelma
Peter Christoffersen ... Alberg
Søren Pilmark ... Marcus Jacobsen
Michael Brostrup Michael Brostrup ... Børge Bak
Morten Kirkskov ... Lars Bjørn
Philip Stilling Philip Stilling ... Ulrik som ung
Adam Ild Rohweder ... Bjarne som ung


Rugged and irritable Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his colleague, the Syria-born Assad, run the cold-case division of the Copenhagen police. After a desperate appeal to Morck about the unsolved killing of his own teenage children, an ex-cop commits suicide. This leads the detective pair on a twisted mission to discover what really happened in the 1990s at one of the country's poshest boarding schools. Director Mikkel Norgaard reunites with lead stars Kaas and Fares to portray this taut fiction which again alternates deftly between the past and present.

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Danish Noir
20 June 2016 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Good murder mystery noir from Denmark showing at NYC's IFC Center for just one week, and a picture that deserves more exposure than that. It is a tense detective story of a 'cold case', a double murder 20 years old taken up by Danish Detectives Morck and Assad. I am a great fan of top shelf detective films, and film noir in particular, and this one is surprisingly well done.

Nutshell; a brother and sister were murdered 20 years previous and the crimes were unsolved. Their father, a retired cop, approaches Morck and pleads with him to renew the case. Morck dusts him off, saying he is too busy. The father then turns up as a suicide, which leads Morck to regret his cavalier treatment of the father and decides to investigate. His subsequent investigation takes a sordid turn and becomes darker as the story unfolds.

There are three movies in the Det. Morck series, and I wish I could have stayed for all three. It is remarkably well done and bears all the hallmarks of Hollywood noir films. Morck is a no-nonsense detective who smokes and is hard-drinking and with a clear-headed assistant who tries to be a counter balance. Morck is moody and obsessive and will break the rules in the name of truth and justice, and the chemistry between the two is a tribute to their acting and to the screenplay. The movie scene needs more of this type of grown up fare as many of us have tired of the usual sequel to a dull film and of animated cartoon movies for 6 year olds. While Indies like this are produced perhaps there is still hope for a foundering art form.

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