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.