FANTASTIC FEST: The Marco Effect (2021)

Based on the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, this is the fifth in a series of movies and seeing as how I haven’t seen any of the other ones, I think I can get past Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares not being in this movie and Ulrich Thomsen takes on the role of Detective Mørck and Zaki Youssef as Assad.

Actually — the director and screenwriters have changed too!

In this one, a child trying to enter Denmark to meet with his father turns out to be carrying the passport of a man who has disappeared, but not before he allegedly took money from the nonprofit he works for and was also being investigated for pedophilia. Even weirder, the investigation into this man vanishing from sight was closed in just two weeks.

A lot of the fun of watching films at Fantastic Fest has been not knowing what I’m getting into. Sometimes you’re watching a movie about nuns that quickly pivots, other times you’re following the story of Gwar and then, still other times, you wind up in the middle of foreign crime series that you had no idea existed.

I’m here for all of it!


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