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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Photograph - Photograph Digital
This is Noomi Rapace from the Swedish films of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. One of my favorite movies/books.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (original title in Swedish: M�n som hatar kvinnor � literally, men who hate women) is a crime novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book of the Millennium series trilogy, which, when published posthumously in 2005, became a best-seller in Europe and the United States.
In December 2002, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), publisher of Millennium magazine, loses a libel case involving allegations he published about billionaire financier Hans-Erik Wennerstr�m (Stefan Sauk). He is sentenced to three months in prison and a hefty fine. Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), a brilliant but damaged surveillance agent and hacker, is hired by Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube), the patriarch of the wealthy Vanger family, to investigate Blomkvist. Vanger then hires Blomkvist to investigate the disappearance of his niece, Harriet, who vanished on Children's Day in 1966. Vanger believes that Harriet was murdered by a family member.
Salander, who was ruled mentally incompetent as a child, is appointed a new legal guardian, Nils Bjurman (Peter Andersson), after her previous guardian suffers a stroke. Bjurman, a sexual sadist, forces Salander to perform fellatio on him in return for the money she needs to buy a new computer; he withholds the full amount she has requested. At her next meeting with Bjurman, he beats and rapes her. Having used a hidden camera to record Bjurman raping her, Salander returns to take her revenge, torturing him and threatening to ruin him unless he gives her full control of her life and finances. She then uses a tattoo gun to brand Bjurman's abdomen with the message "I am a sadist pig and a rapist".
Blomkvist moves into a cottage on the Vanger estate, and meets the Vanger family, including Harriet's brother Martin (Peter Haber) and cousin Cecilia (Marika Lagercrantz). Inside Harriet's diary, he finds a list of five names alongside what might appear to be phone numbers. He visits police inspector Morell (Bj�rn Granath), who informs him that his investigation team had been unable to decipher them. After viewing photographs taken during the Children's Day parade, Blomkvist sees Harriet's facial expression change suddenly just before she leaves and, after getting photographs taken from the same side of the street as her, comes to believe that Harriet may have seen her murderer that day.
Blomkvist learns that Salander had hacked into his computer, and hires her as a research assistant. Using her access to Blomkvist's computer, Salander learns that the numbers in Harriet's diary are references to verses in the Book of Leviticus. Together, Blomkvist and Salander connect all but one of the names on Harriet's list to murdered women. They are all Jewish names, which intrigues Blomkvist, as the Vanger family has a long history of anti-Semitism. During the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander become lovers.
They suspect Henrik's reclusive brother Harald (G�sta Bredefeldt) to be the murderer, as the two other Vanger brothers had already died by the time Harriet disappeared. Salander searches through Vanger's business records to trace Harald to the crime scenes, while Blomkvist breaks into Harald's house, believing it to be unoccupied. When Harald attacks Blomkvist, Martin appears and saves him. He escorts Blomkvist to his home, where Blomkvist reveals what he and Salander have uncovered. Martin drugs him. In the meantime, Salander's search of the company accounts points to Martin and his late father, Gottfried, having been jointly responsible for the murders. She returns to the cottage to find Blomkvist missing.
Blomkvist wakes to find himself bound in Martin's cellar. Martin brags about raping and murdering women for decades, but denies killing Harriet, insisting that she disappeared before he had the opportunity. As Martin is in the process of strangling Blomkvist, Salander appears and attacks Martin with a golf club. While she frees Blomkvist, Martin flees in his car. Salander gives chase on her motorcycle. Martin drives his car off the road and Salander finds him trapped in the wreckage but still alive. The car goes up in flames, and she does nothing to save him.
Blomkvist realises that Cecilia's late sister Anita was the near-double of Harriet, and that some of the photographs taken on the day of Harriet's disappearance show Anita, not Harriet as previously thought. Blomkvist and Salander discover not only that Harriet (Ewa Fr�ling) has been using Anita's name, but she is still alive in Australia. Blomkvist flies there to look for her. He learns the truth about Harriet's disappearance: that her father and her brother had repeatedly raped her; that she killed her father by drowning him only to find herself being blackmailed by Martin; and that her cousin Anita had smuggled her away from the island. Blomkvist persuades her to return to Sweden, where she is reunited with her uncle.
Salander's mother, living in a nursing home, apologises for not choosing a "better papa" for her.
Salander visits Blomkvist in prison and gives him new information on the Wennerstr�m case. After his release Blomkvist publishes a new story on Wennerstr�m in Millennium, which ruins Wennerstr�m and makes the magazine a national sensation. Wennerstr�m is soon found dead. His offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands is raided; the police suspect a young woman caught on CCTV, whom Blomkvist recognises as Salander in disguise. The film ends with Salander, dressed very smartly as she exits her car, walking along a sunny beach promenade.
December 17th, 2013
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