This Danish crime thriller is so dark and stormy it will leave you dazed as the credits roll. ‘The Absent One’ is the second instalment of the bestselling Department Q series of novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen and follows a boozy, brooding cold-case cop and his rational-thinking partner as they investigate a spate of twisted crimes that took place at a posh boarding school in the ’90s. In some ways the film is quite formulaic: you can guess who the bad guys are from the word go. Still, it’s a pleasure to watch. Suspense is built with gory flashbacks and a willingness to show cruel violence without cutting away. Expect to feel tense right up to the end.
The Absent One
Time Out says
Fans of Scandi-crime should flock to this twisty, involving thriller.
- Release date:Friday 8 April 2016
- Duration:119 mins
Cast and crew
- Director:Mikkel Nørgaard
- Screenwriter:Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
- Nikolaj Lie Kaas
- Fares Fares
- Pilou Asbæk
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