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Department Q: The Absent One (2014)

Fasandræberne (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | June 2016 (USA)
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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.

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Mikkel Nørgaard
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Cast

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 ... Thelma
Peter Christoffersen 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Denmark | Germany | Sweden

Language:

Danish | English | French

Release Date:

June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Department Q: The Absent One See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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€5,200,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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Pilou Asbæk (Ditlev) graduated from the boarding school of Herlufsholm in 2001 - a very konservative upper-class boarding school that is clearly the inspiration for the movies' fictive one. See more »

Quotes

Carl Mørck: [to Kimmie] You know most days I wake up, wondering if I should get up or not or if I should pop a whole bunch of pills and be done with it. You know what stops me? That people need my help... people need me like you!
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I Was Not To You What You Were To Me
Written by Andi Almqvist
Performed by Andi Almqvist
(C) + (P) Zentropa Music
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A run of the mill story made original by its visuals
21 May 2015 | by paul_3-960-896774See all my reviews

Straight off the bat, one of thing that I love about this film, is that it's as much of a stand alone movie as the sequel to The Keeper of Lost Causes / Mercy. The two films are connected but they're about two completely separate cases on which only the investigating team remains. It's kind of like what a TV-Show like Sherlock, for example, if Sherlock was a graphic dark thriller.

Much like the first one, Detective Mørck & Assad are the heart of the movie. It's an odd pairing but they're somehow captivating, they keep you focused in the movie despite the less than original plot on this one. You probably already figured out what it's all about by reading the premise but the story works and It has to do with the investigating team. You get attached to them - more so if you've seen the first film - and you want to see this case through.

The sequel to The Keeper of Lost Causes / Mercy is a good film, with a predictable story, but it's intriguing, attention-grabbing, and so uninhibited that this classical, run of the mill, thriller feels very fresh. @wornoutspines


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