A Conspiracy of Faith

By Angie Raphael

4 stars

This is the third instalment in the Department Q series, adapted from the novels by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen, but seeing the previous films is not a prerequisite. Cold case detectives Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Assad (Fares Fares) begin an investigation after a note written in blood is found, dated eight years earlier, from a boy indicating he was caught in a religious cult. When the detectives learn two children recently disappeared under similar circumstances they begin digging deeper into the mystery. A Conspiracy of Faith is a well-made and suspenseful Danish film. While many crime thrillers often crumble into a nonsensical mess, this film finishes as strongly as it begins. Director Hans Petter Moland maintains the intensity throughout and there are some unexpected twists along the way. The cast is also very good, especially Pål Sverre Hagen, who plays the creepy and disturbing villain. People who do not usually enjoy foreign films might also find A Conspiracy of Faith more appealing because some of the actors are recognisable from Hollywood films, including Kaas and Fares. 

* A Conspiracy of Faith is screening at the Scandinavian Film Festival.