You couldn't get away with this is british tv. Bruno lets shots establish for ages, and lets you just look at people and think. The detective is doing so much that it is almost vaudevillian. But somehow it works, primarily due to his sheer persistence. After a while he could make me laugh just by opening a car door. It's a mad televised clown show. Plenty of discomfort. And a dark heart.
A very promising start: The slow pacing narration is wonderful, so the camera gets time to capture the environment and to show the everyday rural background of the people. The characters are weird and eccentric … so it's no wonder that the church sequence with the funeral service turns out to be the incredible climax of this episode.
It appears to be a "who did it" type of film, and this episode slowly (I repeat slowly) introduces the cast of weird and oddball characters. Very nice, rural scenery. There are elements of humour, unfortunately it's way too silly for the most part. I guess a 6 year old would laugh watching some scenes, except this series definitely is catered to a different audience...
Despite some intriguing features, it slowly unravels to prove amateurish and somehow pointless. It is hard to believe that it is just a slow-cooked whodunit but instead a meandering insubstantial and extra-elongated high school art visual essay. Confirmation in next episodes but it all indicates that the hot air balloon is coming down fast.
I have seen this 4 part series all the way through now and i think its great. It really hangs on the performance of a few key characters though. Li'l QuinQuin is great and Captain Van der Weyden is first class! Probably not for everyone, but worth a watch. Episodes 1 and 4 are the best.