|The Keeper of Lost Causes|
Theatrical release poster
|Kvinden i buret|
|Directed by||Mikkel Nørgaard|
|Produced by||Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Louise Vesth|
|Written by||Jussi Adler-Olsen|
|Screenplay by||Nikolaj Arcel|
|Starring||Nikolaj Lie Kaas |
|Music by||Patrik Andren |
|Edited by||Morten Egholm |
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Danish: Kvinden i buret), also known as Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes, is a 2013 Danish film, directed by Mikkel Nørgaard. The movie is based on the novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It is the first film in the Department Q series, followed by the 2014 film The Absent One, and the 2016 film A Conspiracy of Faith.
Carl Mørck is demoted to Department Q, the cold case unit, after a raid goes wrong. One case, a suspected suicide, piques his interest. His investigations suggest that the woman, a rising politician, was actually kidnapped. Mørck ruffles feathers, and is told to halt the investigation, but he and his colleague Assad continue.
A car crash leaves the children from two families without one or both parents and siblings. One of the children, a boy, grows up to seek revenge on a woman who as a girl caused the crash. The man blames the woman as she covered her dad's eyes as he was driving, which caused the crash.
- Nikolaj Lie Kaas – Carl Mørck
- Fares Fares – Assad
- Sonja Richter – Merete Lynggaard
- Mikkel Følsgaard – Uffe Lynggaard
- Søren Pilmark – Marcus Jacobsen
- Troels Lyby – Hardy Henningsen
- Patricia Schumann – Søs Norup
- Eric Ericson – Johan Lundquist
The film was first shown at the Gothenburg Film Festival in January 2013, followed by several more film festivals before its cinema release in Denmark on 3 October 2013. The film topped the local box office in 2013 with 725,000 Danish moviegoers buying tickets.
- Danish Film Institute: Kvinden i buret Linked 2017-04-02
- Variety, October 6, 2013: ‘The Absent One’ Breaks Danish B.O. Records Relinked 2017-04-02