Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith

Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith

Hans Petter Moland (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The third film in Denmark's Department Q series of films sees cold-case detectives Morck and Assad on the trail of a missing boy, having found a message in a bottle written by the child eight years previously. The traditional detective thriller gets a darker, existential twist in a movie that takes its time unraveling the mystery. Though mostly focused on their task at hand, director Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) is just as intrigued by hard-boiled, hard-drinking Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kass), with the new case posing questions about belief and hope that cut to the very core of this lost soul. Indeed, it's the characters populating this world that set it apart from many a TV cop drama, offering something more to chew on than clues and interrogations. His partner Assad (Fares Fares) acts as the counterbalance, a religious man with a suspicion that the boy's message may have come from a higher power. A great addition to a fine series, the most cinematic Department Q case yet strikes the perfect balance between philosophy and excitement. The fourth in the series, The Purity of Vengeance, was released in Denmark in 2018.


Copenhagen cold-case cop Carl Morck and his assistant Assad find themselves pursuing another mystery when an eight-year-old message in a bottle finds its way to their department. Pursuing this new line of inquiry draws them into a horrific case involving a psychopathic murderer, religious fanaticism and abducted siblings who were, for some unknown reason, never reported missing by their parents. Danish crime thriller, starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, based on Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q novels.

Cast & Crew

Carl Morck Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Assad Fares Fares
Johannes Pal Sverre Hagen
Elias Jakob Ulrik Lohmann
Rakel Amanda Collin
Rose Knudsen Johanne Louise Schmidt
Pasgard Jakob Oftebro
Lisa Signe Anastassia Mannov
Marcus Jacobsen Soren Pilmark
Mia Lotte Andersen
Director Hans Petter Moland
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Other Information

Language: Danish +subtitlesColourGuidance: Violence, swearing