- Actors: Krister Henriksson, Charlotta Jonsson, Douglas Johansson, Mats Bergman, Fredrik Gunnarsson
- Directors: Agneta Fagerstrom Olsson, Leif Magnusson, Charlotte Brandstrom, Lisa Ohlin
- Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 4
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: MHz Networks
- DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
- Run Time: 549 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00JPJC8RK
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Wallander: Season 3
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Krister Henriksson returns in a stunning performance as Detective Kurt Wallander from the best-selling crime series by Swedish author Henning Mankell. Wallander is Ystad's veteran detective who's finally learned to find respite from the job in the moments of grace that come from living on the beach with his dog, Jussi, or spending time with his granddaughter. He's still on the outs at work, however: offbeat methods make him an irritant for management and his colleague, Martinsson, is angling for his position. But no one in the department has the uncanny sense of the criminal mind that he does. Whether it's Cold War spies, pedophiles, human traffickers or kidnappers, Wallander knows when he's being lied to and when the story hasn't been fully told. Kurt is also trying to get a few things right with his daughter and fellow cop, Linda. He may have been an absentee father, but he's a very present grandfather and a friend to her and her husband. He's arrived at his life's twilight clinging to the one thing he knows, which is how to do police work. In that, Wallander is a man at the top of his game. He's also a man at the end of his game.
Episode 1: The Troubled Man Wallander has found a place in Linda's family through his enthusiastic embrace of the roles of grandfather and occasional babysitter. When Linda's father-in-law disappears, he's drawn into a case that has its roots deep in the Cold War past.
Episode 2: The Missing - The mystery of a missing girl draws the entire Ystad police force into a frantic search. But when Wallander begins his own investigation, he sees frightening similarities to a case he had worked on ten years earlier, which still hits him hard personally.
Episode 3: The Betrayal - A young woman reports her mother missing. Soon after, she's found brutally murdered inside the family home. The primary suspect is the young woman's father, a motivational speaker who was also in the middle of a nasty split with her mother.
Episode 4: The Loss - A young Moldovan woman is found dead at a construction site. When Wallander questions a respectable doctor a little too vigorously, he gets thrown off the case. That doesn't stop him and he goes to Moldova for more information from her family.
Episode 5: The Arsonist - A convicted arsonist returns to his town after he's served his prison term and is met with hostility from those who remember his crimes. He's suspected when a kiosk in Ystad burns down and the owner is killed. Unconvinced, Kurt keeps investigating.
Episode 6: The Man Who Wept - A restaurateur is kidnapped, and Kurt is forced to work with a female colleague in Malmö to solve the case. He suspects that the police themselves are involved with the crime, and his own deteriorating health forces him to consider retirement.
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Henriksson is back in the title role as Kurt Wallander (it was thought for a long time that there would never be a 3rd series, esp staring him) and he is a amazing as ever. Truly an excellent actor that sadly, much of the world outside of Scandinavia doesn't really know. The stories are also really good... maybe not quite as strong overall as the first 2 series, but it is a bit difficult to come up with completely fresh ideas after already doing 26 90-minute movies. A lot of the regular supporting characters are back, including Svartman, Ebba, Martinsson & Nyberg. Linda Wallander is also back, although played by a different actress than in series 1 due to the tragic death of Johanna Sällström in 2007. Charlotta Jonsson does a good job in the role, but it's just strange when you have someone else playing someone you got used as another face. There are a few new characters, including Linda's husband and daughter, as well as a new police chief and a love interest for Kurt.
As with the previous series, that almost mystical feel is still here. The producers make good use of music and other sound affects, as well as filming techniques to once again pull off the ambiance that has become well known and liked in the Swedish Crime Drama genre. There is also excellent acting across the main cast. However, where i think this series falls short (compared to the previous 2) is the lack of intrigue and interest in the new characters. In series 1, you have Linda & Stefan, who were a very interesting side-topic to the main Wallander theme. Of course, the strong acting from both Johanna & Ola Rapace were a primary reason for this. Even with the letdown from neither of them being in series 2, you had the new characters Isabelle & Pontus (police rookies), who were both very compelling... especially Nina Zanjani (Isabelle)m, who is absolutely gorgeous btw:) I just didn't connect with any of the new characters in series 3 the way I did with these couples from the first 2 series and that was kind of a let down.
I think the other 2 things that caused me to rate this slightly lower is the somewhat depressing subject matter of Kurt's illness, and of course, that this was only 6 episodes, and not the usual 13. Still, this is an excellent piece of cinematic work that every fan of this genre should consider a must have. And the way I choose to look at it is, for a long time, we thought we would never see Henriksson as Wallander again... so these last 6 episodes should be considered a bonus:)
If you have not watched seasons 1 and 2, do not start with 3. Wallander is a difficult character, and it takes time to understand, accept, and begin to love him. Only then will you get the full force of Kurt's gradual and heartrending decline into Alzheimer's disease. A tour de force from Henriksson.
I find the Season 3 plots and the Wallander character outstanding. He's nearing the end of his career, and he is not as "excellent" as he once was. I can relate to that. And, the "decay" adds to the honesty of his character portrayal.
Yes, Wallander's evincing evidence of problems he isn't handling well at all. He practices denial and deception. But, he still attacks his job.
Krister Henriksson is awesome. Much more empathetic than Kenneth Branagh's "wooden" Wallander, in my opinion.
The different actress portraying his daughter Linda makes the development of her character seamless: in some shots, especially in the first episode, she even looks the same.
We managed to pace ourselves to one episode per evening, with plenty of deep discussions in between.
We're letting it stew for a while, and referring back to it a lot in our daily lives. I think in a few months we'll start from series 1, episode 1 . . .