Intrigo: Samaria Ending Explained (In Detail)

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The last two films from the “Intrigo” series will be released within a week, the first part of which “Death of an Author” flopped at the box office last year. This is not entirely understandable, because with INTRIGO: SAMARIA review “Damnation” director Daniel Alfredson delivers a respectable crime thriller.

What happened to the student Vera Kall (Millie Brady) back then?

The plot summary

Paula Polanski (Phoebe Fox) is an aspiring documentary filmmaker who dreams of winning an Oscar and whose latest work was recently shown on Arte. One day she meets her former substitute teacher Henry (Andrew Buchan) by chance. Ten years ago, he taught Phoebe’s class and indirectly witnessed a terrible violent crime. The talented student Vera Kall (Millie Brady) stopped showing up for class from one day to the next. A few weeks later, her violent father was arrested for murder. Vera’s body was never found. Paula sees this as a topic for her next film and asks Henry to help her make it happen. At first he is skeptical. But Paula is able to convince him that there is more to the Vera Kall murder case than just a family tragedy…

Intrigo: Samaria Movie Meaning & ending

Along with Stig Larsson and Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser is one of Scandinavia’s most influential authors. Many of his novels, mainly crime fiction, regularly climb the bestseller lists in this country and have been adapted into numerous films, which have been broadcast several times on ARD as German-Swedish co-productions. However, Nesser’s film adaptations, which were made with far less financial resources, never achieved the level of fame that the “Millennium series” enjoyed. At the end of last year there was a willingness to change that. With the “Intrigo” series, director Daniel Alfredson, who has already directed two films in the Swedish “Millennium” trilogy, filmed three Nesser novels in one go. “Death of an Author” was published in November 2018, and now parts two and three follow with “Samaria” and “In Liebe Agnes” – in the same opening week in October. This publication policy seems more than questionable; as if you just wanted to get it over with quickly. And it’s fitting: “Death of an Author” received below-average reviews and was hardly seen in Germany; despite the star cast of Ben Kingsley and Benno Führmann. However, the now appearing “Intrigo: Samaria” is not a direct sequel to “Death of an Author”, but rather tells an independent criminal case with the help of a completely new ensemble, which only has in common with “Death of an Author” that the eponymous restaurant Intrigo also briefly you can see.

Journalist Henry (Andrew Buchan) is suddenly confronted with his past.

While “Intrigo: Death of an Author” could at least be advertised with a top-class cast, Daniel Alfredson decided not to pepper his film with world stars for “Samaria”. Andrew Buchan is best known from series such as “Broadchuch”, “The Murders of Mr. ABC” and “The Honorable Women”. Phoebe Fox has also become known through her participation in numerous TV projects, but especially as a supporting actress in films such as “Eye in the Sky” or “Two in a Day”. However, the lack of big names benefits “Samaria”, because where Ben Kingsley appeared remarkably bored in “Death of an Author”, the two protagonists Fox and Buchan are now much more committed here. They have to, because the script by Daniel Alfredson and Birgitta Bongenhielm (“The Patchwork Family”) doesn’t always treat the characters as well as one would expect based on the novel. The two-part narrative structure of flashbacks to what happened ten years ago and the look at the investigations and film work in the here and now can complement each other harmoniously on a visual level, but ultimately offer nothing more than classic crime thriller fare, the outcome of which you can You can see through it very quickly if you have ever seen any thriller or crime film of this kind before.

It is particularly the interesting chemistry between the two main characters that “Intrigo: Samaria” carries. The way Paula and Henry are constantly watching each other, as if each of them were just waiting for the other to make a mistake, adds the right spice to the otherwise rather low-stress film. In fact, it’s less about delivering classic suspense cinema; Only an interrogation of the suspected killer at the very beginning gives an idea through its staging that what follows will actually be a brutal criminal case. Rather than that, “Samaria” is reminiscent of a time and character study that illuminates the relationship between a teacher and his students. Little by little, the clues to what really happened back then are becoming increasingly clear. The fact that the big bang effect doesn’t happen is because Daniel Alfredson – both as director and as author – doesn’t even try to disguise the fact that not everything in “Samaria” is as it seems. The dialogue is not very subtle, as is the acting. However, due to its emphasized predictability, “Intrigo: Samaria” can also be fun. This is due to the same factors that today still attract millions of viewers to a “crime scene” in front of the television. Whether you have to go to the cinema to see it can rightly be questioned – the TV look of “Intrigo” was also our biggest point of criticism in the case of “Death of an Author”; The second film in the series does a similar thing, but impresses with some hauntingly beautiful shots of Antwerp. But with its decelerating calm and level-headedness, far away from wild twist riding and lots of spectacle, “Intrigo: Samaria” simultaneously seems like it has fallen out of time. And you can give the film a lot of credit for that.

What happened to the student Vera Kall (Millie Brady) back then?

Conclusion: You don’t have to go to the cinema to see “Intrigo: Samaria”, but lovers of old crime cinema will definitely enjoy it.

“Intrigo: Samaria” can be seen in selected USA cinemas from October 10th.

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