The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)
Cert: 15 Year: 2013 Length: 97 mins Language: Danish and Swedish
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Score: 82.86% Attendance: 144
The Danes have found their way to the top of the tree when it comes to making crime dramas in the last few years. 'The Keeper of Lost Causes' is their latest in this genre, with the now-expected top notch inter-related cast and crew. The story (taken from a novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen) was written for the screen by Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote the screenplay for 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and 'A Royal Affair' , whilst the director Mikkel Nørgaard comes from episodes of 'Borgen'. You will recognize many of the actors too - the star, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, was in 'The Killing'.
We join the plot when Inspector Carl Morck returns to work after being shot, for which he has been partially blamed. As punishment, he is banished to the basement to document back cases. Here he is teamed up with Assad and it isn't long before they cannot resist picking up such case and running with it.
The one they pick is five years old, involving a successful politician who has supposedly committed suicide by jumping off a ferry, but no body was ever found…
The twist the film has to the normal police procedural is that we, the audience, are soon shown what happened; we then follow the police, in an interlocking series of flashbacks, watching the police investigation. The film is more of a 'will-the-police-work-it-out?' rather than a 'who-dunnit?'… Will they, or wont they..?
You will have to come along to find out!
This is so grimly compelling that even if you want to look away, you won't be able to.
James Mottram, Total Film
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