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« : September 27, 2017, 02:56:35 PM »


Streamed on Netflix.

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With the adaptation coming out next month,I decided to start reading Jo Nesbo's Nordic Noir The Snowman. Whilst looking for info on the upcoming movie,I stumbled on title I've never heard of before,which led to me listening to the echoes.

The plot:

Returning to the island of Öland 24 years after her 5 year old son Jens disappeared, (with the now-dead local weirdo Nils Kant being the former main suspect) Julia Davidsson finds her dad Gerlof and his best friend continuing to investigate for links Kant had to Jens disappearance. Planning to stay just a few days,Julia extends her visit when Gerlof's friend dies in a sudden accident. Whilst she comforts her dad, Gerlof and Julia receive a envelope,containing one of Jens shoes.

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Returning to the mystery on a small island, co-writer/(with Birgitta Bongenhielm) director Daniel Alfredson & Fredrik Bäckar go for an oddly cosy atmosphere, via the rugged,isolating terrain being covered in misty clouds and wide crane shots above the beautiful countryside. Putting together fragments of the past,Alfredson lands on a dour Nordic Noir atmosphere in extended flashbacks glazed with a stylish decaying gold and late 60's long hair and blood-stained cars.

Adapted from the echoes of Johan Theorin's novel, the screenplay by Alfredson and Bongenhielm give the Nordic Noir themes of corrupt major businesses and unsolved mystery an excellent mature twist,as the decades the Davidson's (played by a great Lena Endre and Tord Peterson) have spent grieving over the death of Julia's son Jens are cut open with new doubt on the identity of the killer. Re-tracing Nils Kant's (played by an unsettling Felix Engström) footsteps, the writers give the mystery a visceral burn with the extended flashbacks unveiling the psychopathic horrors lurking behind the islands peaceful image,as the echoes of the dead grow louder.

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« #1 : September 27, 2017, 04:37:08 PM »

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