The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)


The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)

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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.

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

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A darkly compelling, skillfully crafted cold case thriller.

Jun 23, 2016 | Full Review…

[An] expertly plotted Nordic noir.

Jun 16, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 16, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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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.

Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It has all the features of a Scandi noir policier, but the director comes from the Lego School of Film-making. He snaps it together to make a fast-moving crime vehicle, but I suspect the instructions were upside down.

Aug 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

On a strictly mechanical level, it all works and if you can adapt to its glum brand of wit, you can extract a few laughs from it.

Jul 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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


Deeply average and decidedly televisual cold-case procedural.

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Daniel Parsons

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Good crime story, rather ingeniously unravelled.

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hawk ledge

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This movie is rather clichéd and has scenes and characters reminiscent of other major Scandi crime pieces: the Killing, Wallander, Borgen. As is so often the case, the victim is an attractive female who has to suffer: this is becoming nasty and uninteresting. The crime is implausible. The interiors of the police station look improbably grotty. The film is fairly predictable, even the little jokes. If you are looking for more Scandi crime, and don't insist on originality or subtlety, then this will fill in the time for you, and it looks like it will be the first episode in a series.

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