The Keeper of the Lost Causes

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard
Writers: Jussi Adler-Olsen (novel), Nikolaj Arcel
Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Peter Plaugborg
Language: Danish (English subs)

We have all seen and probably liked them: the American crime movies. A local hero fighting some omniscient, fraudulent authority and surviving several gunshots. The American movie industry doesn’t seem to get saturated with them. The last few years Danish cinema has however gained more and more recognition by rising above the American clichés and producing high-end crime movies. But can it once again confirm its reputation with the release of The Keeper of the Lost Causes?

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The Keeper of the Lost Causes, originally Kvinden i buret, is a Scandinavian crime film based on one of the bestsellers by Jussi Adler-Olsen about Department Q. After a dramatic incident chief detective Carl Mørck is assigned to Department Q, a department for old, terminated cases. Although his task only consists of classifying the cases, he and his partner Assad get embroiled in the mystery of Merete Lynggaard’s disappearance: a well-known female politician who vanished five years ago from a passenger ferry. The authorities had classified the case as an apparent suicide. Unconvinced by this explanation Carl and Assad begin their own investigation.

 

Unlike some adaptations of novels, The Keeper of the Lost Causes does justice to the book of Jussi Adler-Olsen. The intensity of the story is reinforced by the flashbacks within flashbacks and the great acting performance of the main characters. But even the chicken-hearted among us get the chance to come out from under their blanket and enjoy the many well-written and well-performed humoristic conversations. Those who search for intriguing stories to fill their Friday night will certainly fall in love with this masterly example of the refined Danish film industry.

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