Wallander The final series Three-Episode Six-Final episode.
Some Notes & Dialogue & sound description.
Sorgfageln/ The Sad Bird
Woman sobbing (it’s Ebbe the receptionist at the Police Station)
That’s a new one. The two men in the car park appear to have read the subtitles.
“Jussi, have you not been fed?”
Little girl to Kurt:
“Your shoelaces are undone”
Later, Kurt looks down at his feet.
Policen/ The Police Station
“So Jenny and her colleagues became obsessed with the case and started their own investigation..”
Aristocratic lady Mrs. Salini to Kurt Wallander:
“Is waiting by the phone your only plan?”
Oh no, she makes Kurt take his shoes off.
“The floor has only just been sanded”
Kidnapped man (in a box)
“Halooo, I’m in here!”!
then he recites:
“When I had journeyed half of my life’s way..”
“I found myself in a shadowed forest..”
Snow swirls. Funny. I have never seen it snowing before in Wallander.
Snow is still swirling.
Whirring and drilling. Now that can’t be good.
Korin the Pathologist at the autopsy.
“Strangely, the soft tissue has been damaged..”
Later-gentle music plays.
So in a return to form as in the ending of the last series: Kurt meets Jenny the Stockholm Policewoman, as he met the little girl in the Witness.
As soon as Jenny appears at Kurt’s door I knew that she would put his Christmas light up.
Nyberg:(about a victim) as assiduous as ever.
“Have you found his shoes?”
“The bullet is a gold der spot, a Police bullet..”
Police Boss and Kurt:
“There you are, smoking!”
“As observant as ever”!
Wallander & Linda have an argument.
Kurt is seen from behind, his star up high on the wall inside.
Later. Kurt is hoovering. Nyberg is shooting the gun in the lab.
Martinson is a ninja like questioner.
Martinson to Detective Jenny:
“Lean forward, towards the microphone..”
Kurt is getting dressed in black. He’s on the Jack Daniels again..
Kurt groans and groans.
“No, I can’t!“
Kurt drinks whiskey in the twilight. In the morning, Jussi comes.
Jenny the Stockholm Police Detective (to Kurt)
“I did something stupid..”
There is a Witness (from the film The Witness) moment which i had already predicted.
C’mon Kurt! ( Kurt is on a roll)
Nyberg to Kurt:
“You know what they said about the pessimist?”
“he was right most of the time but he didn’t have as much fun”!
So. A seriously good episode. With a seriously good few protagonists in it. I kept getting shades of Sarah Lund.
(car engine roars)
“one, two, three..”
There is a lot of (gun safety clicks)
Wallander does his talking thing..Later Wallander sits in his office.
(church bells ring)
Kurt Wallander at the Police Station:
“Well, my dear friends,..”
“like you already realised or suspected or felt,”
“Since obviously I won’t..”
“the good times that you will remember”
“me as a Police Officer, who always tried to follow his heart”
The scene at the Police Station blurs. Its snowing. Wallander is walking his beach..
“Hans is coming tomorrow,”
“I will see you on Friday”
One star falls on the beach. Kurt sits in his chair, inside his house.
Heartbreaking song. Again.
“Its not too late to find an opening..”
“do you want to see the magic of the circle?”..
Nb. Swedish Police guns seem a lot of work to reload. It seemed that you had to feed each bullet in one by one.
(however maybe this is how all guns load)
The heartbreaking song is The Opening by the An Brun Fleshquartet.
Well I am kind of recalcitrant or just plain avoiding writing this. Kind of like not wanting to write the final review ever of Southland.
Wallander is a Detective hero for me. Plus, as the preview on the BBC website reminded us before this final series:
“The original Wallander is the progenitor of Scandi-noir.”
Wallander has probably given rise to other dramatic devices, nuances of atmosphere, small town, domestic horror. Of every lurid kind. Coupled with international and concurrent criminal themes. Themes like trafficking which are timeless and can easily be updated in style for an episode.
Then, as mentioned in my write up of the Series 1 and Two Wallanders, we have the added ever present themes of mystery, intrigue, big old family houses, steeped in history. War stories and memories. Poverty and riches. People from both sides of the tracks. Even in Sweden.
We became enamoured and admired the easy going calm and patient ways of the Swedes. Well except for the criminals I guess. Although Wallander, as I have pointed out in the past, is always egalitarian. Both in the portrayal of its inner world and its crimes and criminals, they come from all walks of life.
Wallander as a drama series successfully brought off/ carried off close-up personal and domestic horror magnified.
Macabre deaths. Dastardly intrigue and goings on. Disfigured corpses. Silent and staring suspects, suspiciously silent. And so on.
I really am averse to writing any more than this. To do so would feel like over-egging the pudding. Since Wallander speaks for itself.
I would like to put my write-up summarising the Wallander Yellowbird films Series One and Two re-posted here as it adds to this write-up above.
Henrik Kristersson in the Wallander-Series 1 & 2 Yellow Bird Films.
(abridged version-for first four explanatory paragraphs see original posting)
So here is Wallander, younger, slightly chirpier and fitter. Happier too, since his beloved daughter Linda is
there. Indeed Linda has deliberately asked to come to Ystaad to work as a newly qualified Policewoman so she can be near Wallander.
Ebbe the receptionist is there too, as sharp and as solicitous of Kurt as ever. Svartman and Martinson, not
looking much different. We see the first arrival of Stefan. Nyborg is slightly less bald.
Wallander goes for a check up with his Doctor who is pleased with him, Wallander has either given up smoking or doesn’t smoke perhaps on Doctor’s orders. Unlike his stress induced crafty smokes in Series 2.
When Linda first arrives and applies to be a Detective Wallander fusses and nags her mercilessly. Telling Linda it will overtake her life, Detective work, she shouldn’t burrow down into this “Rat’s hole” because she will come out of it thirty years later and realise that half her life has gone. Wallander also worries over Linda’s safety and tries to protect her on the job in a true Dad like manner.
However Linda rebuffs all this concern and forebodings of doom and gradually her Dad backs off. As Wallander sees Linda can take care of herself and is an excellent and free thinking Detective. Much like himself in fact.
Anyway. Linda is often / always striding off on her own, after obscure clues and putting herself in possible
danger. Still, she always triumphs.
I spot some recurrent themes in Series 1 that appear in Series 2:
The Swedish army, weird and not quite so wonderful deaths, great big country houses belonging to rich people, a house by the windswept sea. Dreadful revenge taken for past crimes that have to be uncovered to solve the mystery: names on a list.
Then there is:
A beautiful woman that Kurt has a connection with: either past or present. The concerned neighbour who reports something amiss. The big apartment blocks, the pristine and efficient hospitals.
The social collectivism, the calmness, the patience,the forbearance of the Swedes. The functioning of the
This is the Kurt before even more suffering. The tragedies. I would have said suffering but Kurt is sensitive to gore and violence. Each time there is a particularly horrific death, Kurt is visibly shaken and upset and sometimes wonders off on his own to sit on a park bench, in the snow.
Or Wallander stops his car suddenly in the dark, driving home and gets out for air, looking down at a rushing stream from a bridge. Don’t fall! Kurt, I was mentally chiding him, your phone might get lost and you would be there for hours, in the cold Swedish night. But Kurt returns safely, to his car and Maria Callas singing on the stereo. When Linda asks if he is OK, living on his own, Kurt says “of course, me and Maria are fine”.
Kurt, shell shocked from the particularly jam like remains of a man (squashed under a tank) fails to return a small boy’s ball, telling him:
“You can’t play football in the snow!” The boy smiles back at him and says:
“You can always play football!”
Indeed. Kurt comes to from his shocked state and smiles. he gets up happily and gives the ball a jolly good kick.
We see the red ball fly high, into the winter air and freeze framed. Kurt is back. This is how the episode
Oh and we also see Kurt once in a while asking a suspect if they did it! This doesn’t happen a lot in Detective dramas.
Since watching those described i watched more episodes i found i missed. I found out why and how Linda Wallander has to start wearing glasses in a truly terrifying episode consisting of the boiled down distilled elements of classic horror. All it takes is the dark really and one unseen perpetrator. Your imagination, as Hitchcock said, fills in the rest. The imagination being afar more horror filled entity than anything purely mechanical or visual put before us.
When i started right from episode 1, series 1, i was at first surprised at just how slight the drama was. When i was aware of what wealth of detail and depth i now associated with Wallander. Really, not as lot happens, much, for quite some time in these early episodes. Yes, there are murders. There are clues. There is the solving. However the action and indeed the scenery are sparse. The main characters, relatively few.
There is the Police Station, which in this series we interestingly see Wallander and his team move into or either get a brand new design.
Linda is a main character in this series. Her relationship with her father, Wallander is central. However i came to the conclusion as Series 1 progressed: that the depth of the characterisations that are built up over time is mainly down to the consummate acting of Wallander. As the lynchpin and anti-hero to all. Anti as in humble and self deprecating throughout but still as deadly as a ninja.
Wallander is essentially acted and performed like a stage play. On screen. That is the secret of its excellence. Not just by Wallander. All the characters bring to Wallander the art of theatre.
Wallander episodes could, apart from the outside scenes, be played on stages with barely any props. Wallander is built up over time in this way, as if the first few episodes were opening scenes. It is a testament to the actresses and actors involved that they all build up their characterisations over time.
For me, these Wallander Series are a work of art.
original footnotes from this write-up:
According to my information there is a Wallander Series 3, Yellow Bird films, coming to BBC4. Yes, i think it is Wallander, Henrik Kristersson himself, since the series is based on The Troubled Man and other original stories from Henning Mankell. Although he said he would be doing no more Wallander, Henrik Kristersson did do The Troubled Man, i believe it was first a film and a stage play.
I think that The Troubled Man is Wallander’s later life and must take up on where the last series left off:
When Wallander was on a train to Stockholm, in the vain hope that he would join up with his beloved, Katrina…