May 18, 2009 12:00 PM

PBS, May 10, check local listings |


Looking like something the cat started to drag in but dropped, Kenneth Branagh is imposingly dour in this three-episode import on Masterpiece. He’s Kurt Wallander, a detective in a Swedish town where murder erupts in extreme ways. His gruesome career depresses Wallander, but Branagh suggests the strength of some inner bedrock. What is it, though? That’s the deepest mystery.

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