Wallander: Collected Films 8-13 DVD
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Directed by Various (TV)
Produced in 2006
Main Language - Swedish with English subtitles
Six more feature-length TV films starring the perpetually hangdog Krister Henriksson as the eponymous detective. Low-key and mesmeric, it's an exemplary detective series, says Barry Forshaw.
The fact that there are three incarnation of Henning Mankell's saturnine Swedish copper Kurt Wallander (from 1995 to the present) is a measure of the character's considerable hold on the popular imagination. By general consent, Krister Henriksson is the closest approximation of the three to Mankell's original, showcased within the context of powerfully executed, committed popular television drama.
Episodes 8-13 in this low-key but utterly mesmeric series demonstrate the full flowering of the actor's understated, subtle approach to the various traumas of the character's private life, while the storylines become progressively darker and edgier. One of the most compelling episodes here has Kurt Wallander's daughter Linda discovering the bodies of a group of illegal immigrants and a still-living child locked in a container lorry. Father and daughter follow the trail to a convent, at which the abbess has been recklessly aiding refugees - but then the lorry diver is found mutilated and murdered. This concern for the real-life social problems facing modern society is one of several key elements that energise this exemplary series.
Barry Forshaw on 21st June 2011
Author of 628 reviews
Six more of the original self-contained Scandinavian TV crime thrillers starring detective Kurt Wallander, based on the books by best-selling author Henning Mankell.
Wallander is an intense and headstrong maverick, who is prone to eating poorly, sleeping irregularly and drinking too much. With unorthodox methods of working and his blunt approach, Wallander relies on instinct and experience and doesn't shy away from using illegal means to solve crimes.
Contains: The Photographer, The Container Lorry, The Castle Ruins, The Black King, The Joker and The Secret.
Publisher: Arrow E1
Length: 540 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 25th July 2011
Cat No: FCD536
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