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Wallander Faceless Killers/The Man Who Smiled/The Fifth Woman [Blu-ray]

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Wallander: Faceless Killers/Man Who Smiled, The/Fifth Woman, The (Blu-ray)


Fans of crime dramas, and especially of the moody genre of Swedish noir--the Stieg Larsson books and films, for example--will not want to miss the lush, well-made Wallander, a British remake of a hugely popular Swedish TV series. Wallander resembles many British crime dramas in its thoughtful, complex plotting and focus on sense of place, but it's just different enough to get under the viewer's skin. The Swedish landscape is beautiful and stark, inviting and bewildering. And somehow the rough-hewn beauty of the country infuses each of Wallander's characters with a brooding, deliberate, and slightly offbeat charm. Kenneth Branagh plays Kurt Wallander, a moody detective whose personal life contains as many messy mysteries as his work does. As season two opens, in the episode titled "Faceless Killers," Wallander is drawn into an especially grisly and seemingly random slaying of an elderly farm couple. Without much to go on other than the dying wife's last (and possibly misheard) word, Wallander is soon delving into the secret life of the dead man. The next two episodes, "The Man Who Smiled," about the deaths of two friends of Wallander's, and "The Fifth Woman," about a possible serial killer, build upon the events in the first episode. Through it all, Branagh's acting and character arc are believable, human, and sympathetic even when what Wallander does and says can be cringe-worthy. Wallander's daughter is dating a South Asian man she adores, and Wallander can't quite give his stamp of approval. Wallander struggles with addiction, rather badly. Yet Branagh instills the character with relatable emotion and conflict that make watching Wallander very rewarding. The cast is refreshingly small, including the appealing Sarah Smart as Anne-Britt Hoglund, Wallander's long-suffering partner, and Jeany Spark as Wallander's prickly but loving daughter, Linda. Fans of British and Swedish mysteries, and any well-written, -directed, and -acted crime series, won't want to miss this season of Wallander. --A.T. Hurley --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW May 18 2014
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Just perfect. Please make other seasons ! I cannot stand seeing only 9 episodes, I want MORE ! And Kenneth Branagh is SO good, it is the best Kurt ever seen, even in my imagination while reading the books !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark mystery Jan. 7 2014
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Enjoyable because of the mystery ,the character development, the relationship difficulties. Loved the books as well but need comic relief after to shake off the detective,s overwhelming depression .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment! Nov. 18 2013
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Great entertainment! Wallander's humanity and the realty of his work come head to head in this triple header of viewing delight. Kevin Branagh plays flawed and emotionally drained Wallander is a study in resilience. The rare smile we see Wallander throw out is a ray of sunshine - we know Wallander can be happy but will he ever be able to sustain it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars See comments for 3 March 22 2013
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I have the same comments for season 1, 2 and 3.

Hope all the Wallander novels will be filmed, I miss Wallander.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wallander : un inspecteur pas comme les autres March 14 2013
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Kurt Wallander est le personnage principal d'une série de romans policiers de l'écrivain suédois Henning Mankell. Il travaille à titre de commissaire de police à Ystad, une ville de Scanie, dans le sud de la Suède près de Malmö.

Cette série télévisuelle, produite par la British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), est très différente de celle créée par la télévision suédoise.

Autant le personnage « suédois » de Wallander est froid, logique et cartésien autant le personnage « version britannique » créé par l'excellent acteur Kenneth Brannagh est tourmenté, angoissé et souvent emporté par ses émotions.

Sans oublier qu'il connaît une vie personnelle tumultueuse qui ne cesse de perturber ses enquêtes.

Bref, un policier complexe qui cherche constamment à résoudre des crimes compliqués.

Scénario brillant, qu'il faut suivre avec beaucoup d'attention, action rondement menée, rebondissements parfois étonnants, magnifique photographie, souci du détail, voici enfin une série qui nous change des trop souvent mornes émissions policières nord-américaines.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching Jan. 4 2013
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We enjoyed this detective series but its not my favourite, not the most intriguing and I don't long to see more.
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