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The first piece of a Danish cold case trilogy, 'The Keeper of Lost Causes' is a well-made thriller

The first piece of a Danish cold case trilogy, 'The Keeper of Lost Causes' is a well-made thriller

The first in a trio of Scandinavian crime films based on a series of novels by bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen that are making their U.S. debut this month, “Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes” is a darkly compelling, skillfully crafted cold case thriller.

Originally released overseas in 2013, breaking Danish box office records, the moody film noir introduces Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a dour, headstrong homicide detective who’s been reassigned to the newly formed Department Q, where he’s expected to catalogue 20 years’ worth of cold cases.

Carl, while not thrilled about being stuck in a basement desk job along with his...

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