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One Step Behind (Steget Efter)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2010
Thanks to Amazon for making one of the original Swedish Wallander film available to US fans!

First off, yes, the movie is produced as a DVDR by Amazon, but the quality all around is quite top-notch. The packing itself looks professional, and the video quality of the movie looks wonderful and doesn't suffer one bit. Buying a DVDR movie sounds strange, I'm sure, but Amazon produces a good product.

Secondly, and most importantly, the movie.

(MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

I've only seen one of the other original Wallander films - "The White Lioness", which is the only other one available in Region 1 with English subtitles. While that one looked rather...shoddy production-wise, "One Step Behind" is a huge step up. This movie is polished and slick, and looks beautiful.

Now, the story here has been tweaked somewhat, but not to the point where it detracts from the material. Another reviewer here criticizes the film for butchering the story and not following the novel at all. Frankly, I'd like to know what movie he/she was watching. Yes, there are changes made, but the story remains intact, and still deals with the murder of three teenagers and one of Wallander's colleagues, Svedberg, and the team must start investigating his life in order to understand his connection with these killings. There are characters added and others excised from the film, but again, nothing that detracts from the story. Though this film seems to skimp on Wallander's own personal dramas, they try to compensate by giving Wallander a coworker (not from the novels) whom he dated previously.

But none of the thrills or suspense are sacrificed. Having read the novel and watched the BBC version with Kenneth Branagh, I still enjoyed it thoroughly, and recommend it to all Mankell/Wallander fans out there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2010
I really enjoyed this movie. I liked it better than "The White Lioness"--another Wallendar movie. Rolf Lassgård is fun to watch. This Wallendar film had a lot of depth and I will watch it more than once.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2009
I thought the Wallander detective story "One Step Behind" was one of Mankell's best. I've seen the BBC version and this Swedish version. This was just awful. The plot was completely trashed. Virtually rewritten, and for the worst. And this really was no Wallander. The BBC although lacking is better. And the "Firewall" episode you get there isn't too bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2011
I got this because I had already purchased the BBC version with Kenneth Branagh and wanted to compare the interpretation of the Wallander character between the two. I wasn't disappointed. Rolf Lassagard's Wallander was quite close to the one depicted in the novel, as was Branagh's. The story lines were quite different in overall direction and details.

I definitely recommend this dvd to all Mankell fans. I wish more of these original TV Wallander episodes would made available in the US.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
I have seen the Swedish Series Wallander and was astounded by it. I have seen the English Series with Kenneth Branagh and was amazed that they had not relocated the story to England, but kept it in Sweden where it is routed. This made for a much better retelling of the Wallander stories with some added ones. The film Wallander, One Step Behind was an exceptional piece. Like The Millenium Trilogy otherwise known as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, I have found that I have a need for really top notch, edge of my seat fare and that it seems the Nordic sources seem to be the most cold bloodedly wonderful that I have ever experienced. Bravo, Sweden. (Note: Please let up on Mr. Assange.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
Ok yeah I have now seen al ost all the versions of Wallander. And naturally I do like the Swedish Johanna Sällström,
Krister Henriksson,
Ola Rapace....ones, all 26? of them. But I did like this Rolf one. Supposedly same story as One step Behind even though when played it said MIDSUMMERS EVE....". Whatever, same basic story as the Kennth B BBC one. I actually liked some of the new twists...or I suppose I should say old twists because this one came first. Quite complicated, subtitles zooming by fast...frankly if I had not read the book I may have been lost.
Also I did find the odd camera/flashback device very interesting...letting us "see" what Kurt was thinking...key to his type of intuitive solving mode....you know tha thing where Kalle appears on film as we hear him on tape or as Kurt FEELS him..his presence . I liked that. I supposed if this was the only Wallander that you just happened upon you might not get all the nuances of his character..the whole history, as it were...BUT it still would be an enjoyable film. Plus you are hugely luckily because now you got like 26 & 8 more to look forward too. I had to laugh when I read someone's comment about a random early Wallander...the guy commented " I liked the blonde woman cop"....this was the only episode he saw and was referring to an amazing..enchanting ...key actress Johanna, playing key key role of Linda. GAD....her she acts very much like herself, depressed..stressed...just fantastic ...and as many of you know kills herself...so tragic, so upsetting.......that blonde cop....gad....kinda lame....?....
So enjoy this one and then enjoy them all. I havemreadmall the books too. I assume you have found the fan site ?..[...]. Not sure if this will paste a link. It has nice lists to track all the versions...mostlynupmtomdate..except for season 3 kenneth B new ones. Sept 2012 in USA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
All three actors who have played Wallander, the Swedish detective, to the screen have brought their own interpretation. I LOVED the novels and have read all of them, one after the other, just a few years ago. The novels are so intricately layered and Kurt is so well developed in them that any of these actors had his work cut out for him in tackling the novels for the screen. I like all three interpretations but this actor IS Kurt Wallander in every respect. I must warn any reader of the novel though that none of these video adaptations can ever live up to the novels. There is just no way they can cover that intricacy in an hour and a half to two hours. I think it is probably impossible to ever bring the novels fully to the screen unless someone could make a miniseries out of each one. Nevertheless, it is a formidable achievement to become Kurt Wallander onscreen so this is currently as good as it gets for Wallander fans. Kenneth Branagh does a very good job but I never believe he is Swedish.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2011
I just finished watching this video version of the Mankell book, which I have recently re-read so I was quite familiar with the plot and characters. I have also seen the Branagh BBC version, which followed the plot much more closely. Altho the screenplay for this Swedish-made video differs considerably from the book, I put aside my prejudices and found it all quite compelling. Rolf Larsgaard conveys the anguish of his character, Wallander, as he slowly realizes he had kept his friend Svedberg so much at arms' length that he did not know him at all. I liked that the killer was not just a psychopath, but he had real motivation for the murders in his sense of lost love.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
How could anyone be a better Wallander than the Krister Henriksson or Branagh? Needless to say I wasn't expecting Rolf Lassgard to be better, but I was really surprised at how good he is and the difference he brings to the character of Kurt Wallander. Lassgard is a big sort of lumbering guy, and I thoroughly enjoyed his interpretation of Wallander - so much so that I wish all of the movies with him in the role were available on quality DVDs. The ones available now are not the best quality DVDs and this one would not even play on my friend's DVD player (it played just fine on mine). It's worth the risk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 12, 2013
I loved the Krister Henriksson, Johanna Sallstrom, Wallander series. This one is good too, and Steget Efter does a good Wallander (frankly, this was the fourth movie I saw with Efter and he has grown on me), but I really love Krister Henriksson. This is better than the British BBC series as far as I am concerned. I was not disappointed.
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