On a late winter evening in 1986, a graphic designer (Robert Gustafsson) becomes the unlikely murderer of Sweden’s Prime Minister. What was initially presented in 2020 by the prosecutor in charge of the investigation as the definitive answer to the question of who committed the murder of Olof Palme remains an intriguing but unproved theory. This miniseries crafts a compelling, icy depiction of the murder and its consequences for Engström, a man supposedly driven by a desire to be the object of attention. Gustafsson, aided by heavy prosthetics, is convincing in a sad, tense performance.
2021-Sweden. Made for TV. 228 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Charlotte Brändström, Simon Kaijser. Teleplay: Wilhelm Behrman, Niklas Rockström. Book: Thomas Pettersson. Cinematography: Aril Wretblad. Cast: Robert Gustafsson (Stig Engström), Eva Melander (Margareta Engström), Mikael Persbrandt (Hans Holmér), Björn Bengtsson, Peter Andersson, Magnus Krepper… Torkel Petersson, Shanti Roney, Lia Boysen, Jonas Malmsjö.
Trivia: Original title: Den osannolika mördaren. Originally shown in five episodes. Gustafsson was actually in the same movie theater as Palme on the night of the murder.