The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) (2016)




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Based on the international bestseller, the riveting first film in the Department Q series introduces maverick detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who, after majorly botching an assignment, is relegated to reviewing cold cases. With his new partner (Fares Fares), the moody Mørck begins digging into the unsolved disappearance of a high-ranking female politician (Sonja Richter) who supposedly committed suicide but whose body was never recovered--a mystery that plunges the investigators into a dark and disturbing conspiracy. A nonstop series of ingenious twists and shocking surprises keep the suspense simmering in this stylish thriller.
Art House & International , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Nikolaj Lie Kaas
as Carl Mørck
Sonja Richter
as Merete
Fares Fares
as Assad
Søren Pilmark
as Marcus Jacobsen
Rasmus Botoft
as Tage Baggesen
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

A darkly compelling, skillfully crafted cold case thriller.

Full Review… | June 23, 2016
Los Angeles Times
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[An] expertly plotted Nordic noir.

Full Review… | June 16, 2016
New York Times
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Although each of the first three films tells a full, discrete story, they work best cumulatively, as the ongoing adventures of one cranky, conscientious cop.

Full Review… | June 15, 2016
AV Club
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The usual Nordic Noir garnishings of furrowed seriousness, chilly visuals and grim subject matter add a dash of flavour to this plodding crime procedural but still fail to enliven it.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] grim treat, mining suspense and urgency from intensely plotted dual timelines of brutal criminality. A must for fans of rumpled, cynical, bitter detectives.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016
Flick Filosopher

The climax is ultimately predictable, but Nørgaard and writer Nikolaj Arcel do manage to ratchet up some tension in the final third.

Full Review… | December 4, 2015
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)


Deeply average and decidedly televisual cold-case procedural.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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Just another Danish thriller quite competently riding the recent Scandi-noir wave. Couldn't help but feel I'd seen it a million times before though. Yawn!

Héliø Leønardø
Héliø Leønardø

Good crime story, rather ingeniously unravelled.

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hawk ledge

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