Beck (1997– )
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A well-known crime boss is murdered by a sniper in front of his family.

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Mårten Klingberg

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Mårten Klingberg (idea), Mårten Klingberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Peter Haber ... Martin Beck
Mikael Persbrandt ... Gunvald Larsson
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Grannen
Rebecka Hemse ... Inger
Måns Nathanaelson ... Oskar Bergman
Anna Asp Anna Asp ... Jenny Bodén
Elmira Arikan Elmira Arikan ... Ayda Cetin
Jonas Karlsson ... Klas Fredén
Åsa Karlin Åsa Karlin ... Andrea Bergström
Anu Sinisalo Anu Sinisalo ... Gunilla Urst
Sofia Zouagui Sofia Zouagui ... Petra Widell
Marie Robertson Marie Robertson ... Charlotta
Freddie Mosten-Jacob ... Alice
Kassel Ulving Kassel Ulving ... Jonathan
Björn Andersson ... Bertil
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A notorious crime boss gets shot by a sniper in his home and die in the presence of the family. Beck Group chart all of his enemies, which turns out to be the major part of the Stockholm underworld, and also find a link to a mother of two who had been driven to death in a parking lot in the suburbs. During the investigative work, Gunvald's contact with the widow Charlotta, is extended. Written by Anton Hjelmqvist

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10 January 2015 (Sweden) See more »

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Rather Confusing Gangland Mystery
1 October 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Compared to the other episodes in the series, "The Family" turned out to be a little confusing. It involves the murder of a gangster (Cedomir Djordjevic) who is at first shot at in the street, then killed in cold blood at home. Beck (Peter Haber) and Gunvald (Mikael Persbrandt) uncover a complicated plot involving the gangster's widow Charlotta (Marie Robertson), her father (Björn Andersson) and a dentist who turns out to have a rather shady past. The resolution turns out to be rather complicated and slightly illogical; there are too many set-piece scenes involving the police where information is exchanged very quickly - so quickly, in fact, that it becomes difficult to viewers to grasp what is going on.

Nonetheless there are incidental pleasures en route to the denouement. Director Mårten Klingberg focuses more on Gunvald's personal life, as he becomes romantically involved with Charlotta but finds to his cost that business and pleasure do not mix. We also see him becoming highly jealous of computer whizkid Ayda Çetin (Elmira Arikan), who becomes very useful to Beck in solving the case. As a more traditionally- minded cop, believing that cases can only be solved through trudging the streets and visiting suspects, the idea of crimes being solved solely through virtual means is anathema to him.

The production also focuses on Beck's personal life as he discovers that his grandson Tomas (Daniel Sjöberg) continues to receive abusive texts from a fellow-learner at school. Unsure as to whether to exercise his authority as a police officer - and thereby incur his daughter's ire - Beck tries to solve the case in a softy-softly manner, but finds to his cost that circumstances are very different from what he anticipated. We also see that pathologist Gunilla (Anu Sinisalo) develops an attraction towards him; at present, however, Beck feels emotionally incapable of responding.

BECK is a cut above other detective thrillers in the way it focuses on the protagonists' personal lives, even while showing them solving crimes. What a shame, therefore, that the complications of the plot tended to divert our attention away from the characters.


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