In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were the first to the crime scene, pursue all leads and identify a suspect, an arrogant member of the elite secret police, a man assigned to guard the country's Minister of Justice. Just as the beat cops think they've tightened the noose around the suspect, loose ends appear, witnesses lose their certainty, alibis crop up, and even the cops doubt what they've seen. Who's protecting the suspect and why?
Did You Know?
The film is loosely based on the discovery of the real-life Swedish Minister of Justice's liaisons with prostitutes in the 1970s. It was a major scandal where the truth was believed to be largely covered up, and Leif G.W. Persson
, who at the time was the source within the national police authority who blew the whistle to a newspaper, was discharged and found comfort in writing the book that the film is based on. See more
The sound from the TV as Johansson is celebrating Christmas with his son and his ex-wife has the items of the Disney Christmas Special, shown every Christmas in Sweden, coming in the wrong order. When they are sitting in the sofa, the sound is from Clown of the Jungle
, whereas when Johansson is leaving, the sound comes from the end of Santa's Workshop
, which is always shown first. See more
Sometimes the blindfold of Justitia can fall down and clog her mouth. It is called "national security".
There are no end credits for this film. All credits are shown at the beginning, and at the end, the film simply fades to black. See more
References Man on the Roof
Santa Lucia/Ute är mörkt och kallt
Written by Teodoro Cottrau
Swedish lyrics by unknown
Sung by the children that visit the post office See more