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BECK - THE CARTEL: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When a restaurant owner is brutally murdered in Stockholm, Martin Beck (Peter Haber) begins an investigation that leads him to suspect a group of organized racketeers who operate illegal trade through restaurants and use threats to keep their customers in line. Restaurant owner's son Alexander (Rafael Edholm) is implicated in the irregularities under the watchful eye of gang heavy Bojan (Georgi Staykov). As the investigation begins, new team member Alice Levander (Malin Birgerson) is assigned by Beck's boss Margareta Oberg (Marie Goranzon) to help out while Beck's junior partner Gunvald Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt) recuperates from a broken ankle. But Gunvald's jealousy threatens the operation and Alice performs admirably.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
There is an assured feel to the screenplay and structure of this series of Swedish police procedural telemovies now out on DVD which disguises their effortless qualities. The central characters of Beck (Peter Huber) and his offsider Gunvald (Mikael Persbrandt) operate with the friction of an old married couple, tolerating each other while sniping away. They know each other's trigger points and use them - giving audiences a juicy perculation of inter-character tension.

When a newcomer is injected, as is often the case, the dynamics grow exponentially and there is much fun to be had at their expense by the writers. Marie Goranzon's chief plays a key role in these conflicts, often orchestrating them to teach Gunvald a lesson. Gunvald, the loose cannon ... Gunvald the immature ... Gunvald the jealous, insecure, self-centred ....

As is usual for this series, the direction is tight as a drum, the performances are seamless - and the supporting cast marvellous. In this story, the standover men and the murderer provide a complex target for the investigation and even though we are privy to the inner workings, we are still never quite sure whodunit - till the very end.

Published October 1, 2009

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BECK - THE CARTEL: DVD (MA)
(Sweden, 2001)

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CAST: Peter Haber, Mikael Persbrandt, Malin Birgerson, Marie Göranzon, Ingvar Hirdwall, Rebecka Hemse, Bo Hoglund, Jimmy Endeley, Rafael Edholm, Basia Frydman

PRODUCER: Lars Blomgren, Borje Hansson

DIRECTOR: Kjell Sundvall

SCRIPT: Rolf Borjlind, Cilla Borjlind

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Olof Johnson

EDITOR: Thomas Tang

MUSIC: Adam Norden

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Lasse Westfelt

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD [English subtitles]

SPECIAL FEATURES: Part of double disc, 4-movie pack;

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Aztec International

DVD RELEASE: August 2009







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