Memories of Murder, Marshland, The Treatment, The Silence, or Red Riding, to name a few, have this bleak, gritty feel about them, and they have no problem getting down in the dirt to tell their stories... which are usually a combination of shocking, disturbing, and heartbreaking.
Movie like this usually involve a Cop (or maybe a reporter, or some random person out for justice), who delves into some kind of heinous crime, only to become obsessed and lose a part of themselves in the process.
We're not nihilists or anything, but there's just something about that kind of storyline that speaks to us. Many times, the best of these films come out of Europe or Asia. Maybe they're all nihilists?
With all of that in mind, I wanted to take a minute to talk about this Danish Thriller I saw a while back called The Keeper of Lost Causes. It, along with its two sequels, are hitting VOD this Friday, and we wanted to call attention to it, as it's one of those movies that a lot of people might miss otherwise.
Q Series, The Keeper of Lost Causes is the story of Carl Morck; a detective in Copenhagen whose mistake destroys the lives of he and two other Cops. After returning from a leave, he's relegated to working Cold Case files in Department Q, as his abilities are questioned, and no one wants to work with him. Well, they do give him a new partner, so maybe one person.
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Nordic Noir ensues.
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This movie is a bit unique in that it tells its story from both the perspective of both the detectives and the victim at the same time, and not in a "cheap gimmick" sort of way. If anything, that device served to ratchet up the tension as the story went on. Speaking of tension, the last 15 minutes or so of the movie, when the Cops are closing in on the truth, is pretty intense, especially given how procedural and relaxed the rest of the movie was.
We're not very familiar with the cast, but we do know Nikolaj Lie Kaas from his role on The Killing (the Danish version), and he's compelling here as the broken detective Morck. Fares Fares is also great as his partner, Assad, as he provides a perfect balance to Morck's doom and gloom attitude. Sonja Richter (When Animals Dream) was also really solid as Merete, a role which looked pretty demanding. Nice job all around by the actors.
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Give it a rent when it hits VOD on Friday.
The Keeper of Lost Causes is on import DVD now, and it hits VOD on 6/17.
Sonja Richter, Patricia Schumann, and Marijana Jankovic are in this.