The Absent One (2014 film)

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The Absent One
The Absent One (2014 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byMikkel Nørgaard [da]
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onThe Absent One
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Music by
CinematographyEric Kress
Edited by
  • Morten Egholm
  • Frederik Strunk
Distributed by
Release date
  • 8 September 2014 (2014-09-08) (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • 2 October 2014 (2014-10-02) (Denmark)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Danish
  • French
Budget5.2 million

The Absent One (Danish: Fasandræberne), also known as Department Q: The Absent One, is a 2014 Danish crime mystery film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard [da] 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.



When it was released in Oct 2014 it was Denmark's highest-grossing opening week for a local film ever.[2]

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.


Critical response[edit]

The Absent One holds a 92% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 12 reviews.


  1. ^ "The Absent One (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (6 October 2014). "'The Absent One' Breaks Danish B.O. Records".

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