The Man From Mallorca | Chicago Reader

The Man From Mallorca

Adapting a police novel by Leif Persson, Bo Widerberg fashions a cynical tale of crimes concealed by the powerful, as two Stockholm detectives investigating a post office holdup discover further wrongdoing that implicates the minister of justice. Widerberg's depiction of a gray working-class milieu in the dead of winter is downright depressing, and most of his sullen characters—on both sides of the law—look as if they?re weighed down by some insidious ruling order. The director clearly intended this 1984 film as a critique of Hollywood's glamorous cop thrillers (e.g., Bullitt), but he also outclasses them, flaunting unusual camera angles and staging one extremely suspenseful chase sequence.

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