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Before We Die review – more than Nordic noir by numbers

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There’s a certain amount of box-ticking with this gloomy Swedish crime drama but beyond the cliches, Marie Richardson’s seductive character hooks us in. Plus, Britain’s Favourite Dogs: Top 100 At a party, somewhere in Stockholm, a young man called Christian is selling drugs, to a woman called Inez, with a Z. Uh, oh, Christian’s mum, Hanna, a cop, suddenly shows up, with a couple of uniformed colleagues. Empty your pockets, son. “Happy?” he asks her, when they find a load of guilty little plastic bags on him.“Remember what I said?” she relies. That’s some pretty hardcore parenting, but she had warned him, I approve. Now he’s going to jail, two years in the naughty room. I’m not sure Christian’s going to forget it for a while, though, even after he’s released and gets a job as a washer-upper (is it just that though, just washing up, or is there something more to it?)
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