I really need to read the books! This Wallander series is the Swedish television version (apparently there was also a Swedish film/mini-series(?)) I just finished the BBC Branaugh Wallander series and was thinking - at least I know most of the story lines--wrong! The first episode on this t.v. sow was the story involving the burning of the swans and religious whackos (BBC did that story) the rest of the episodes are different stories. According to Wikipedia the stories were created by Henning Mankell but are not based on his novels. In this version, Wallander's daughter Linda also becomes a police officer in Ystad working with her father. So far, Kurt Wallander just seems like another character and father and daughter are having a rather tense working relationship. Will watch a few more to see if I can warm up to the characters portrayed a bit differently. This is in Swedish with English subtitles.
A little slow and predictable. Relationship between Kurt and Linda is 'supposedly' complex but possibly requires one to have to read the books before starting the series to appreciate it better
Beware...these shows lead to binge viewing!
Having Swedish background, I enjoyed not only the tense mysteries/detection, but the Swedish landscape/cityscape, and the distinctive Swedish characters.
Noticeably, contemporary Sweden would not look so all-white as depicted in these series.
It was a sad shock to see that Johanna Sällström died at age 32.
I stumbled onto episode 3 tonight, and could not tear myself away to go to bed. Incredibly refreshing to be so captivated without 1 (them) pushing the audience somewhere and 2 casts of beautiful young people. A richness. Loved it.
We have been watching this Wallender series and are enjoying them immensely.
I preferred the Swedish Series with Krister Henriksson. Some of It was actually fimed at the same time as the UK version according to a documentary extra I watched. The film crews had to know where in Ystad the other crew was so they didn't interfere with each other. There is an older Swedish series starring Rolf Lassgård as Wallander that seems to lag both the later series in popularity. Mhz network carries some of these occassionally.
I liked it well enough but am partial to kenneth branagh's series.
I have to agree with previous comments-- Branaugh is fine enough, but be sure to take a look at these Swedish versions. The characters are the same Wallanders but this series was written by Mankel for Swedish TV. The Swedish Wallander and his daughter Linda Wallander (Johanna Sollstrum)-- both are superb. The primary new cop Stefan (Ola Rapace) is very fine. The contrast between the two Wallanders (BBC & Swedish) is marked in tone, but really, the Swedish versions are better in some particular ways. Johanna S, as W's daughter now a new police officer with Dad, is great. Learn more about the actress' sad life when you get the chance. Recommend starting with series 1-3 to get oriented to some terrific father daughter testiness. SPL has em all!
Loved this! Immediately connected with the brilliant 3 dimensional characters, a pleasure to watch the dynamics between a well cast ensemble. Far superior to the British version in my opinion. True crime drama.
Much better than the English one. Kenneth Branage over acted the part of Kurt Wallander. The Swedish one is more believable
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