In which Isabelle is the rookie who gets fathered by Wallander and overcomes her bitterness somewhat towards her own father who abandoned her when very young.
This case involves a missing girl from a touring choir who are staying in a hotel.
We discover that Wallander’s wonderful interviewing skill fails him when confronted by a large group of girls! He doesn’t know how to talk to girls. He is forced to ask Isabelle:
“can you talk to the girls? they’re a little hard to get through to!”
We see Wallander go near blushy and star struck when he encounters the vision of a beautiful Choir Mistress. Wallander as we know loves music and has received the highest accolade in an earlier episode from an elderly instrument repairer:
“You’re a music lover”.
Wallander has gone equally blissful in demeanour over his favourite cello player whom he saved from certain death remember. Burning his hand to rescue her and her cello which he takes to be restored on his own.
Wallander to beautiful blond lady Choir Mistress after hearing her choir of girls sing:
“So you sing without the words!” (beaming from ear to ear) They proceed to talk in music lovers language, exchanging their favourite composers and pieces:
“Taube, Cesar Franck, Paris Angelicus”..
Wallander, you are becoming distracted from your normal reptilian focus!
There is an amusing scene where Wallander and beardy Martinson take tea with an Iraqi family whose daughter is in the choir. The Dad says:
“Miranda thinks she is Swedish!”
The Mother says :
“but Miranda sings like an angel!”
Wallander and Martinson have been given welcoming sweets and black tea in tiny glass teacups which Wallander sips and eats, untroubled, whilst questioning the parents. All the while we see Martinson grimacing at each sip and bite..
Back at the Police station the men including Wallander and Pontus have ordered in boxes of Pizzas and are making a few laddish remarks:
“Damn lad’s lunch!”
“Did you get up at the wrong side of the bed today Isabelle?!”
(so they have that saying in Sweden too!)
Wallander goes to the concert of the girls led by the Choir Mistress lady:they sing Paris Angelicum. All in Latin with no song sheets. Wallander is captivated and enthralled.
“Hi, I’d just like to thank you for the concert it was very good. He really likes her. He’s like a tongue tied blushing schoolboy!
Later, when sitting in his garden by the sea worrying over his case, Wallander is surprised by the spontaneous appearance of Katrina. She has popped over with her hair wet and a small towel around her shoulders. They discuss the case and Katrina starts to quote statistics:
“Statistics? I don’t give a shit about your statistics!”
Wallander falls out with Katrina!
Later we seen a scene where one of the choir girls is visited in her bedroom by the choir Mistress lady. The girl, Lina starts shouting at the Choir Lady:
“Get off me! I don’t want you to touch me with your old lady hands!”.
Cut to the Police station and we see the receptionist who has been charged with the care of Jussi, Wallanders beloved dog. Jussi is patiently slumped at her feet. Receptionist lady shouts:
“Tell Wallander his dog needs a pee!”
Then the receptionist proceeds to sing, very high, piercingly..
This time it is Isabelle who goes off on a solo mission. She has slowly learned to let Wallander in enough to phone him and tell him what she is doing, leaving a message. We see a mysterious blond man who was watching the concert stroking his cat in his little house. Isabelle is following him on her own.. Wallander comes out of the Police station:
“Where the hell is she?”
Meanwhile blond guy plays with his horrible tuft of hair growing out of his forehead whilst gazing into the mirror.
Wallander is proper stressing out and is speeding to the scene with Martinson having listened to Isabelle’s message:
“Step on it for Crissake! I’m worried about Isabelle!”
Isabelle calls out “hello?” at the little house (keys rattle) she goes in and taps onto the computer.. Blondy man appears..
“On your knees! On Your Knees!”
Kurt & Co have arrived to save Isabelle from possible harm. Isabelle:
“Hurry up!, it’s down here!, can you get this open?”
She leads them to a basement room but the missing girl is not there.
Wallander takes Isabelle aside and reprimands her for her solo mission:
“I got worried, you understand?”
Back at the Police station Kurt and Katrina cross swords again. Kurt:
“So you’re gonna tell me how to do my bloody job?!”
At the hotel the group of girls in the choir quietly and mournfully sing this old Gospel song:(will find out the name)
“All Night, all day
Angels watching over me my Lord
Now i lay me down to sleep
Angels watching over me my Lord”
“Pray the Lord my soul to keep
If i die before i wake
Pray the Lord my soul to take
Angels watching over me my Lord..”
The girls sing this very beautifully. Unfortunately the Angels aren’t really watching over them.
Back at the Police station Kurt takes Isabelle into the interview room with him to question the mysterious blond man. A great privilege. We find out that he is the estranged father of the now second missing girl and his talk about his abandonment of his daughter angers Isabelle and she storms out. Isabelle tells Wallander:
“My Pappa left too!”
“You never mentioned that, you go back in”!
Isabelle goes back in to hear the estranged father say:
“We hardly knew each other, i panicked, walked off, spineless, I’ve spent every day regretting it!..I wanted to explain to her, not to get her forgiveness”..
Back at the Police Station Katrina is in a huff with Wallander! Over his case..
Slow beat music plays as Wallander comes in his car alone with blue grey skies above. Cello music plays..
At the end of the case Wallander holds her shoulder whilst asking Isabelle:
“Are you ok?”
“Yes” she replies
“Ok, let’s go” he says. They walk together side by side, almost shoulder to shoulder,out into the sun dappled peaceful market square into the brown gold twilight. Sounds stop into silence then start up again. The scene holds for the longest time.