The Absent One
Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard
Starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Søren Pilmark, Danica Curcic and Pilou Asbæk
In 1994 two young twins are found brutally murdered in a summer cottage. A number of clues points in the direction of a group of young upper class students from a nearby boarding school, but the case is closed as a local outsider pleads guilty and is convicted for the murders. When the case ends up on Carls Mørck’s desk 20 years later, he soon realises that something is terribly wrong. As Carl and Assad start investigating the case, they are led on to an old emergency call from a desperate girl who seems to know the secrets of the murders. Soon they are plunged into an intense search for the girl, Kimmie, who has been missing since the murders happened. But Carl and Assad are not the only ones trying to track her down as the girl’s testimonial is of great danger to a group of influential men at the top of society who will do all they can to keep her silent.
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★★★★½ review by DerDenzel on Letterboxd
A very dark, thrilling, atmospheric and beautiful movie
★★★★ review by Alex B. on Letterboxd
Great improvement over the first one, the story was more complex and intriguing, these characters have to keep going on. I hope they keep making movies about them. I know they are based on a series of books, haven't read any, probably I won't ever. Although I hope for more of the Q department.
I'm not sure if it's the genre or the type of movie, but this films have a similar atmosphere to the Milleniem series, except without the girl or the tatoo, also the darkness of films like The Behandeling. Films are getting darker.
★★★½ review by pyramidpix on Letterboxd
Leicht besser als die erste Verfilmung.
Mörck finde ich leider immer noch nicht sonderlich gut, aber Assad hat hier auch wieder ziemlich gute Szenen. Die verschiedenen Zeit- und Handlungsstränge wurden solide umgesetzt, wenn auch (natürlich) das Buch hier wieder besser war. Die Story von Teil 1 und Schändung (dt. Titel von The Absent One) sind mir auch deutlich besser in Erinnerung geblieben als der Rest der Reihe.
Vermutlich werde ich mir die Filme alle mal an einem Wochenende hintereinander ansehen, insofern denn wirklich alle Bücher verfilmt und hier veröffentlicht werden.
★★★★ review by Rob southern on Letterboxd
Typical Scandinavian thriller brutally acted
★★★★ review by Billy Langsworthy on Letterboxd
Another twisty thrilling entry into the Department Q series, which is every bit as engrossing as the first movie, The Keeper Of Lost Causes.
It's the sort of high quality crime tale that seems to be found more and more on the small screens than on the big ones.
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