Film: Kvinden I Buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes)

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Title: Kvinden I Buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes)
By: Zentropa Entertainments20
Seen on: February 23

Let me start off by saying I love detective stories. The books, the TV series, and the films. The downside of reading and watching so many, is that after a few years no plot twist or story surprises anymore. Which is a shame, because The Keeper of Lost Causes isn’t actually a boring film. Yes, it’s a little predictable, but what suspense film isn’t?

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The story is about detective Carl Mørck of the Danish police department. He gets assigned to the cold cases, punishment for botching an investigation. It’s his job, together with his partner Assad, to review the cases and close them as soon as he can. Of course this doesn’t go exactly as his supervisors had planned. We learn early on that Mørck doesn’t really play by anyone’s rules but his own, so why change now?

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So, when he comes across a case that seems to be less than open and shut as it is being treated, he goes out to investigate. Like he shouldn’t, but again, why stop now? Anyway, the case is about the disappearance of a woman about 5 years ago. She’s a member of parliament and has a mentally challenged brother she takes care of. She disappeared on a boat trip, leaving her brother behind. Mørck doesn’t believe that to be in character for her, but he also doesn’t believe she is dead.

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Now here is where it gets predictable. Of course the woman is still alive. And of course it is hard to find her. And of course Mørck gets in trouble for investigating. But of course they find her and rescue her just in time. And that’s what I don’t like about this film. It is a little too predictable. In this day and age, with so many good thrillers and detective stories, you can’t be that predictable anymore. I know this is based on a series of books, so there’s not much room for new plot twists, but if that’s the case then don’t make a film of it.

Not a bad film, but don’t pay a lot of money to see it in cinema, it’s not worth it.

Rating: 5/10

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