|Lund & Meyer|
Kemel the Teacher, who was discounted earlier on. I mention him, not because I believe there is some elaborate double bluff going on that will see him back in the frame, though with this show I wouldn’t be surprised! No, I mention him so that I can make reference to the brilliantly acted scenes between him and Theis. Firstly, Kemel's mounting panic in the warehouse when he realised Theis was going to attack him. Understated and brilliant, yet you still felt his fear & Theis' cold hard stare as he delivered the punishment, seemingly without emotion, was a fantastic piece of acting. It’s a testament to the acting skill of the wonderful Bjarne Henriksen (Theis), that a guy who is essentially a thug with a dodgy past, remains a sympathetic and likeable character no matter what offences he commits. The second interaction between Theis and Kemel, when Theis went to hospital to visit Kemel to apologies for what he had done, underlines for me everything that is good about great European drama. Very little dialogue, unacknowledged understanding that they both knew what had happened and why Theis was there. Sentiment and emotion largely being communicated via stolen looks and body language. Essentially a true representation of what would have happened in a real life situation and for me an acknowledgment that the program makers attribute a level of intelligence to their viewers. We’ve all been watching for the last 16 weeks, we know what happened, thus a lengthy recap wasn’t required! Sadly, I’m not sure it would have been given the same treatment in an UK or US crime drama & all of them are much the worse for it.
|Rie, Morten, Treols|
So to my prime suspect, the new removal bloke – who’s name I didn’t catch - that we had a lingering shot of at the end of last night’s episode. We know the girl from the 15 year old cold case, moved with the aid of a removal firm just before she died. We know the red overalls (uniform in Theis’ company) are significant. We saw how reluctant he was to help out. We heard Vagn’s, "Theis has helped you out many times before" comment. Helped him out with what? Time off, when he committed his murders perhaps? New guy seems a good bet to me...As a aside, 'Removalist' (I am almost fluent in Danish now...!) who knew it was an actual profession?
The Killing is the televisual equivalent of reading a really good novel: lots of attention to pointless detail (Meyer and his banana addiction, Lund's legendary jumpers) that only enhance your enjoyment; Plenty of time to develop characters so you feel you know them and care what happens to them. For example, I doubt there would have been time for Theis to come across as sympathetic in a series of half the length. I’ve said this a million times before, but The Killing is a sheer joy to watch. The intricate plot lines to get us all thinking; the development of the characters & the acting, without exception is amazing. I am already salivating at the thought of the second series!
Any lunatics out there that are still not watching this, I believe you can still catch up on BBC iplayer - failing that there's a DVD coming out in April. Final point, I had a quick peek at the trailer for the US version, worried as I clicked that it would be the usually glossy, dumbed down drivel that we tend to see with a US remake. (Think Wicker Park - remake of the fabulous L’appartment; Let Me in - remake of the equally excellent Let the Right one in; Diabolique, remake of the exquisite French film of the same name Les diaboliques; They are currently remaking the fabulous Tell No One, I have no idea why. Don't get me started on the multitude of hideous remakes of Japanese horror movies...). I am prepared to admit to being surprised, see below, it doesn’t look that far off of the original, but we’ll see….