The Absent One (2014 film)
|The Absent One|
|Directed by||Mikkel Nørgaard|
|Based on||The Absent One|
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Absent One (Danish: Fasandræberne), also known as Department Q: The Absent One, is a 2014 Danish crime mystery film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg, based on Jussi Adler-Olsen's novel of the same name. It is the second film in the Department Q series following the 2013 film The Keeper of Lost Causes, and preceding the 2016 film A Conspiracy of Faith.
The story centers around the murder of twins in 1994, one of whom was also raped. At first unwilling to get involved in the case, Mørck changes his mind after their father commits suicide after approaching him one night and leaving behind a box of material on the case he has been collecting for years. Dept Q's investigation leads away from the young man originally convicted, towards a group of students from a nearby boarding school who became pillars of the Danish establishment.
- Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Carl Mørck
- Fares Fares as Assad
- Pilou Asbæk as Ditlev Pram
- Marco Ilsø as young Ditlev
- David Dencik as Ulrik Dybbøl
- Philip Stilling as young Ulrik
- Danica Curcic as Kirsten Marie Larsen ("Kimmie")
- Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as young Kimmie
- Johanne Louise Schmidt as Rose
- Beate Bille as Thelma
- Peter Christoffersen as Alberg
- Søren Pilmark as Marcus Jacobsen
- Michael Brostrup as Børge Bak
- Morten Kirkskov as Lars Bjørn
- Kristian Høgh Jeppesen as Bjarne Thøgersen
- Adam Ild Rohweder as young Bjarne
When it was released in Oct 2014 it was Denmark's highest-grossing opening week for a local film ever.
Fares Fares who plays Assad received the Robert Award (called the "Danish Oscar") for his performance as Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film also received the Audience Award.
The Absent One holds a 92% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews.