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The Keeper of Lost Causes

Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard

Denmark, 2013

Cornerhouse, 31 August 2014

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Expect a dark, gruesome quality to this solid Scandinavian crime film, all about a cop in a cold case unit.

Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) is assigned to the unit along with a Muslim cop called Assad (Fares Fares) and their first case involves a murdered, or maybe missing woman.  He is an impulsive, driven cop, Mørck, while Assad is more reflective.  Together, they make for a good team.

It’s a bit generic and formulaic – if you’ve watched a fair few episodes of Waking the Dead, this film will be familiar territory – but nonetheless it’s an effective thriller.  Actually, at the end it’s clear that this is, or could become, a series.  And that’s what it feels like: of a good standard, but not exceptional or unique.