Review: ‘Manen Pa Balkongen’

Executive producers, Ole Sondberg, Soren Staermose, Bertil Ohlsson. Directed by Daniel Alfredson. Screenplay, Alfredson, Jonas Cornell. Camera (color), Peter Mokrosinski; editor, Helene Berlin; music, Stefan Nilsson; production design, Kaj Larsen; sound, Mats Lindskog, Michael Lechner. Reviewed at Svensk Filmindustri screening room, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 20, 1993. Running time: 94 MIN.

Executive producers, Ole Sondberg, Soren Staermose, Bertil Ohlsson. Directed by Daniel Alfredson. Screenplay, Alfredson, Jonas Cornell. Camera (color), Peter Mokrosinski; editor, Helene Berlin; music, Stefan Nilsson; production design, Kaj Larsen; sound, Mats Lindskog, Michael Lechner. Reviewed at Svensk Filmindustri screening room, Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 20, 1993. Running time: 94 MIN.

Martin Beck … Gosta Ekman

Lennart Kollberg … Kjell Bergqvist

Gunvald Larsson …Rolf Lassgard

Benny Skacke … Niklas Hjulstrom

Einar Ronn … Bernt Strom

Stg Ake Malm … Jonas Falk

Ake Persson … Ulf Friberg

Gun Kollberg … Ingmarie Carlsson

Putte Beck … Tova Magnusson-Norling

Susanne Grassman … Magdalena Ritter

Fourth entry in the current series of crimers from the novels of Maj Sjowall/Per Wahloo is by far the best. Already a hit on home ground, it’s an efficient police procedural thriller, told with skill and taste. Pic (not to be confused with Bo Widerberg’s 1976 “The Man on the Roof,” also from a Wahloo novel) could do well on foreign soil, too.

Grim storyline centers on a string of murders of young girls who have also been raped. Only witness to one of the crimes is a violent robber.

Daniel Alfredson, who helmed the series’ first entry, “Roseanna,” tells the story swiftly and with mounting suspense. Pic doesn’t exploit its seedy subject matter: Only the murders’ aftermaths are shown.

Acting and tech credits are very good. Only real minus is the creation for co-production reasons of a police psychologist role for German actress Magdalena Ritter. Thesp is badly dubbed and her character lacks motivation.

Manen Pa Balkongen

(SWEDISH)

Production

A Svensk Filmindustri presentation of a Victoria Film production, in association with SVT-1 Drama, Svensk Filmindustri/Rialto Film (Berlin), with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fund. Produced by Hans Lonnerheden.
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