Wallander (2008–2016)
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A Lesson in Love 

Kurt has medical problems while he searches for a missing girl after her mother was murdered.


Benjamin Caron


Peter Harness, Henning Mankell (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Kitty Peterkin ... Klara von Enke
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Hans von Enke
Terrence Hardiman ... Hakan von Enke
Barnaby Kay ... Lennart Mattson
Karen Gledhill Karen Gledhill ... Manageress
Joe Claflin ... Tobias Eliasson
Cecile Anckarswärd Cecile Anckarswärd ... Anita
Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
Marie Critchley ... Jonna Malmberg
Glenn Doherty Glenn Doherty ... Erik Malmberg
Clive Wood ... Gustav Ericsson
Hugh Mitchell ... Pontus Ericsson
Thomas Coombes ... Stefan Persson


Shortly after being attacked in the street Wallander investigates the murder of widow Erika Hjelmqvist, whose teenage daughter Hannah has also vanished. Neighbours point Wallander towards the feud between Erika and her tenants, a menacing gang of bikers led by unhelpful Gustav Ericsson, an ageing recidivist, whose son Pontus becomes a prime suspect. A visit from an old friend proves a pleasant diversion before Wallander learns that Hannah was in care and had a secret boyfriend - a revelation leading to her discovery and closure of the case. However Wallander has his own medical problems, causing a suspension from duties. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

15 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Zodiak Entertainment See more »
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16:9 HD
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Based on the last book of detective Kurt Wallander, written by Henning Mankell. See more »


As Wallader approaches the back door and see that a pane of glass is broken, the camera backs up from the inside to show that the door only has a deadbolt, which couldn't have been opened without a key. And when he turns the handle the door opens. See more »


Version of Wallander: Den orolige mannen (2013) See more »

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Melancholy Episode Showing the Beginnings of a Great Detective's Decline
23 June 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Benjamin Caron's production shifts the action back to Kurt Wallander's (Kenneth Branagh's) home turf of Sweden, and the quality of the episode improves dramatically as a result. There is something peculiarly apposite to the mood of the series about the setting, with its anonymous-looking gray stone buildings and seemingly permanent bad weather.

The criminal aspects of this case are relatively insignificant. A young girl (Mia Goth) goes missing, and Wallander is summoned to investigate a case involving a group of bikers, a highly protective father (Clive Wood), and a taciturn son (Hugh Mitchell). What matters more is our growing awareness of Wallander's deteriorating mental state. Now in his mid-fifties, he suffers from diabetes as well as occasional moments of dizziness. Dr. Oberg (John Lightbody) offers brief moments of reassurance, but we gather that something is really wrong when Wallander forgets leaves a loaded gun in a café and receives temporary suspension from the police force as a result.

Caron's production uses repeated shots of Wallander driving alone on deserted roads to emphasize his isolation. He has a daughter (Jeany Spark), and a granddaughter (Kitty Peterkin) who both love him, but he cannot admit to them about his true mental state. He gamely tries to carry on his work; but it's clear that his aptitude for it is not what it was. Wallander's isolation is further emphasized through aerial shots of the deserted Swedish landscape, with Wallander's car appearing almost like a speck on the horizon.

Branagh gives a low-key performance; his facial expressions rarely change, but it's clear that he is a tormented soul desperately trying to keep his true state of mind hidden from public view. Outward show matters - especially for a high-ranking police officer - and he works hard to sustain his sang-froid. Yet perhaps the task proves beyond him; in the final shot of his episode we see his face encased in a mask as he is about to endure an MRI scan; his surreal appearance denotes something of his true state of mind.

"A Lesson in Love" is a low-key episode in which situation assumes as much significance as plot. There are occasional longueurs, but the viewer's patience receives its due reward in the end.

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