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Icons Of Nordic Noir

The latest addition to the Nordic Noir genre, The Keeper Of Lost Causes follows Chief Detective Carl Morck, (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who is reassigned to file and close unresolved cases in the newly established Department Q. Morck is determined to reopen a five-year- old cold case involving a politician whose death was suspiciously left ruled as suicide. However, as Morck travels deeper into the murder case, he begins to gain an even bigger understanding of the dark political corruption in Scandinavia. In celebration of the movie’s premiere on 29th August, FilmJuice looks at the best investigators that the Nordic Noir cultural phenomenon has brought us…

Sarah Lund
To kick off our list, we have Sarah Lund (Sofie Grabol) from the UK drama, The Killing. Working for the Danish Police Force for 25 years, she is one of the most experienced detectives in the game. She is probably most known for using her fierce intelligence and heroic efforts to track down 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen’s murderer. She also tops the list with her ability to spark a new fashion trend in the UK, knitted jumpers, which gained her thousands of fans.

Saga Noren
Saga Noren, played by Sofia Helin, is the much-loved female heroin in The Bridge. Her colleagues know she won’t take crap from anyone, so they are not surprised by her eccentric behaviour, including a scene where she strips off her clothes in the middle of the office. However, it’s Noren’s up-front honesty and boldness that make her so endearing. Admired by viewers for her lack of pretention and social bravery, this quirky character brings humour to the dark and intense show. Her relationship with her counterpart, Martin Rohde, a very likeable man who is often known to drive Noren crazy, has made them one of the most popular duos on TV.

Kurt Wallander
As the protagonist of Henning Mankell’s crime series, Wallander is a detective based out of the town of Ystad in the Southern Province of Skane. Wallander is perhaps the most conflicted detective, having to overcome many personal struggles throughout his life, such as his most recent divorce and failure to connect with his daughter, Linda. Wallander has also faced problems with his father who disapproves of his desire to be a police officer. Luckily, Wallander’s personal struggles have hardened him into a tough and brilliant detective, tackling some of the darkest and brutal cases the Nordic Noir genre has seen.

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist
Based on The Millennium Series of books by Stieg Larsson, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo stars a ruined journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, whose name is disgraced after being sued for libel. Blomkvist takes on the task of investigating the murder of Harriet Vanger who is suspected to be murdered by a member of her esteemed and wealthy family. Blomkvist teams up with Lisbeth Salander, an edgy, punk, and off-beat vigilante and brilliant computer hacker with a dark past. Together, the uncanny team delve into one of the region’s oldest and distinguished families and uncover their dark and violent secrets. Some may consider them the greatest pair in the Nordic Noir genre.

Carl Morck
Morck’s character is a troubled police inspector in the upcoming acclaimed movie The Keeper Of Lost Causes. After being shot in the line of duty, Morck is reassigned to work in Department Q, filing the cold cases in the basement with his mismatched assistant, Assad. Morck’s persistence in pursing the closed suicide ruling of Merete makes him one of Nordic Noir’s most dedicated detectives, setting him apart from the rest. He is not afraid to cross lines or put his career in jeopardy, and he will stop at nothing to find out what really happened in this five-year-old cold case.

THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES opens in UK cinemas 29 August 2014.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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