The Keeper of Lost Causes

The Keeper of Lost Causes

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Danish police thriller following prickly detective Carl Mørckis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Angels & Demons) as he heads up a newly established cold case division. Despite being under explicit orders to keep his head down, he quickly reopens the mysterious case of a Copenhagen politician who vanished from a ferry five years ago... Based on the first book in Jussi Adler-Olsen's best-selling Department Q series of novels, adapted for the screen by the screenwriter of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the director of TV's Borgen.

2013Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, sex scenes and violence93 minsDenmark, Germany, SwedenDanish and Swedish with English subtitles
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The Keeper of Lost Causes / Reviews

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

There is a point in Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes), at which one Danish detective turns to another and asks if he’s going to write crime novels now, like all the other cops do when they retire. And so they solve the ultimate mystery: the case of the Scandi-noir overkill. The reason our screens are flooded with investigative thrillers out of Scandinavia right now is that in climates where a holding cell can double as a meat locker, once you reach a certain age, the pen is mightier than the nightstick. Individually these films are good. Many are great. Consumed one after the other however, they become repetitive, regardless of the individual author’s creativity within the genre.

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Variety

Variety

A slickly made though utterly predictable Danish suspenser.

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Total Film

Total Film

This is so grimly compelling that even if you want to look away, you won't be able to.

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Time Out

Time Out

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.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

There’s an exploitative taint... making me feel yet again that it’s time for the genre to have another shake-up. Or, better still, it could take a sabbatical.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Another classy and tense Scandinavian crime movie.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Odd-couple chemistry and a dark underbelly keep this Danish noir adaptation compelling.

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