Although it is a belated sequel to 1996’s Jägarna, False Trail works perfectly well as a standalone film in the current booming genre of ‘Nordic noir’. When a young woman goes missing in a small village in the Norrland region, everything points to a brutal murder. Local policeman Torsten (Peter Stormare, unforgettable as Steve Buscemi’s partner in Fargo) is sent help in the shape of Erik (Rolf Lassgård, who played the original Wallander), an investigator based in Stockholm with the National Murder Commission, returning to aid the police department he was forced to leave 15 years earlier. The two are completely different in their methods, leading to conflict as they work towards finding the killer, and Erik quickly finds that there is much more to the case than meets the eye.
Full of ingenious twists and clever misdirection, False Trail is a film of relentless tension, helped in no small part by the two leads’ powerhouse performances. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)