The Absent One (Fasandraeberne) Reviews

  • Aug 05, 2018

    Much more coherent and tightly plotted than the terrible book on which it is based, and certainly played and produced to an extremely high standard, but still suffers from a credulity issue, with simplistic characterisation which struggles to convince.

    Much more coherent and tightly plotted than the terrible book on which it is based, and certainly played and produced to an extremely high standard, but still suffers from a credulity issue, with simplistic characterisation which struggles to convince.

  • Jul 21, 2018

    Nothing original, but good nontheless.

    Nothing original, but good nontheless.

  • Dec 22, 2016

    True to the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Sparse Nordic production. Well done.

    True to the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Sparse Nordic production. Well done.

  • Dec 09, 2016

    12/20/16 Netflix Carl and Assad, can't get enough of these stories. Another well presented Department Q thriller, thanks Netflix for making these films available. Looking forward to the the next release, sooner rather than later, hopefully. .

    12/20/16 Netflix Carl and Assad, can't get enough of these stories. Another well presented Department Q thriller, thanks Netflix for making these films available. Looking forward to the the next release, sooner rather than later, hopefully. .

  • Dec 07, 2016

    Though it's nothing new for the genre, the story's commitment to its darkness is commendable.

    Though it's nothing new for the genre, the story's commitment to its darkness is commendable.

  • familiar s Super Reviewer
    Jul 25, 2016

    Although "The Keeper of Lost Causes" was more than less disappointing, I decided to give this a chance for want of "Mystery/Suspense" flicks. While the performances are outstanding (with Nikolaj Kaas topping the list), the mystery/suspense element is absent here. The absence of plot twists was a major letdown. I'd rather describe it as an action thriller (that's not edgy enough, but better than its prequel).

    Although "The Keeper of Lost Causes" was more than less disappointing, I decided to give this a chance for want of "Mystery/Suspense" flicks. While the performances are outstanding (with Nikolaj Kaas topping the list), the mystery/suspense element is absent here. The absence of plot twists was a major letdown. I'd rather describe it as an action thriller (that's not edgy enough, but better than its prequel).

  • May 01, 2016

    Riveting Danish noir that will make you sick to the stomach and twist and throw you about the nail-biting plot. Part of the Department Q series, it's an absolute must see for anyone looking to explore Nordic noir.

    Riveting Danish noir that will make you sick to the stomach and twist and throw you about the nail-biting plot. Part of the Department Q series, it's an absolute must see for anyone looking to explore Nordic noir.

  • Apr 13, 2016

    Excellent film. Probably the best I've seen this year. Real, gripping, well put together, great cast etc. A real life Danish Crime Thriller. If you like Nesbo etc you'll love this :-)

    Excellent film. Probably the best I've seen this year. Real, gripping, well put together, great cast etc. A real life Danish Crime Thriller. If you like Nesbo etc you'll love this :-)

  • Dec 22, 2015

    The self destructive but yet brilliant and driven detective Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his colleague, the Syria-born Assad (Fares Fares), run the cold-case division called Department Q 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... "The Absent One" is the follow up to "The Keeper of Lost Causes" also based on the Danish crime-thriller novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. This story takes us back two decades earlier and narrates some of the key events by introducing new characters and then cross cutting to present time. The dark vibe and look is maintained from the first movie and the anti relation between Morck and Assad is furthered explored and developed. And in the mix a new character is added, namely their new secretary Rose. This is an ok handicraft within the Nordic Noir genre, but at the same time the storyline offered no real surprises as you quite quickly picked up what would happen. Despite interesting focus points such as bullying, the power of manipulation and money, boarding school environments, mental illness etc "The Absent One" is still just ok not much more. Nikolaj Lie Kaas is good and the same goes for Fares Fares (even if his danish sounds maybe a bit too much swedish in my ears at times) and the lovely Sarah-Sofie Boussnina adds layers to the film. However, I have issues with David Dencik who keep on doing the same bloody crime role over and over, and I can´t really stand Pilou Asbæk that has this holier-than-thou attitude in his acting that shines through and makes you dislike him as an actor despite what sort of unfavourable role he plays. There´s a third film about Morck and Assad coming out in 2016 and I reckon that will be yet another success in Denmark. People do like their Nordic Noir stories here in Scandinavia.

    The self destructive but yet brilliant and driven detective Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his colleague, the Syria-born Assad (Fares Fares), run the cold-case division called Department Q 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... "The Absent One" is the follow up to "The Keeper of Lost Causes" also based on the Danish crime-thriller novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. This story takes us back two decades earlier and narrates some of the key events by introducing new characters and then cross cutting to present time. The dark vibe and look is maintained from the first movie and the anti relation between Morck and Assad is furthered explored and developed. And in the mix a new character is added, namely their new secretary Rose. This is an ok handicraft within the Nordic Noir genre, but at the same time the storyline offered no real surprises as you quite quickly picked up what would happen. Despite interesting focus points such as bullying, the power of manipulation and money, boarding school environments, mental illness etc "The Absent One" is still just ok not much more. Nikolaj Lie Kaas is good and the same goes for Fares Fares (even if his danish sounds maybe a bit too much swedish in my ears at times) and the lovely Sarah-Sofie Boussnina adds layers to the film. However, I have issues with David Dencik who keep on doing the same bloody crime role over and over, and I can´t really stand Pilou Asbæk that has this holier-than-thou attitude in his acting that shines through and makes you dislike him as an actor despite what sort of unfavourable role he plays. There´s a third film about Morck and Assad coming out in 2016 and I reckon that will be yet another success in Denmark. People do like their Nordic Noir stories here in Scandinavia.

  • Nov 14, 2015

    Les acteurs Nikolaj Lie Kaas et Fares Fares sont de retour dans le rôles des enquêteurs Carl Morck et Assad. Après l'excellent "Miséricorde" , la suite des enquêtes du département V est toujours aussi efficace avec un scénario très bien construit. Fortemenent recommandé pour les amateurs de films et/ou séries policières

    Les acteurs Nikolaj Lie Kaas et Fares Fares sont de retour dans le rôles des enquêteurs Carl Morck et Assad. Après l'excellent "Miséricorde" , la suite des enquêtes du département V est toujours aussi efficace avec un scénario très bien construit. Fortemenent recommandé pour les amateurs de films et/ou séries policières