Mannen från Mallorca
1984 / 106m - Sweden
Crime, Thriller
The Man from Mallorca poster


October 29, 2021


80s Swedish procedural. I know there's been a serious boom of these during the past decade (though mostly in the miniseries format), I'm not really sure if The Man from Mallorca counts as a predecessor. I'm not a big fan to begin with, but his was remarkable dry and droopy, even for a Swedish film.

The plot revolves around a post office robbery. Two detectives are put on the case when two witnesses of the robbery are found dead the next day. Their leads take them to a member of the secret police, but once they're on his tail, previous accounts and witnesses start to fall through, making it very hard to build a case.

It's really a very basic setup, executed with almost no flair. The comedy is bland and doesn't work well, the investigation is a real bore, the cinematography is dreadful, and the soundtrack was probably just an afterthought. This feels very generic in every possible way, best to avoid unless you really love Scandinavian police thrillers.