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The Absent One

The Absent One
  • 2014
  • 119 min
  • Directed by: Mikkel Nørgaard
  • Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Pilou Asbæk
  • Language: Danish/French
  • UK release: 8 April 2016

A confident Nordic noir, which follows a pair of upper class students as they are implicated in the murder of young twins. It's the second film in the Department Q franchise (following on from 2013's The Keeper of Lost Causes), and performances are strong across the board. It finds a certain majesty in the murk, and while it is unashamedly derivative, it remains a class act regardless.

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The Absent One

4 Apr 20163 stars

This confident Nordic noir starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas returns us to Department Q

Following 2013’s clunkily titled The Keeper of Lost Causes (a smash in its native Denmark, released here with comparatively little fanfare in 2014), The Absent One is the second film in the Department Q franchise, adapted from Jussi Adler-Olsen’s crime…

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