Created by Neil Jordan

The first foray by acclaimed filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, etc.) into the shamus game, The Drowned Detective (2016) is an odd little gem, a shadowy, enigmatic and possibly supernatural look at love and loss, dressed up in film noir rags.

I didn't love it, but I liked it a lot, and it is definitely is haunting (no pun intended).

The hero (and first person narrator) JONATHAN (no last name given) is the drowning detective of the title; a former British intelligence agent (no specifics given), quiet and methodical, now running a small detective agency in a gloomy, unnamed "post Gorbachev wasteland" somewhere in eastern Europe. They specialize in tracking down counterfeit Gucci handbags and missing persons.

But he's barely able to keep his head above water. His marriage to Sarah, an archeologist working on a local dig, is teetering on the edge, he doesn't trust his business partner, Frank (who may have slept with Sarah), he's living in a city whose language he still hasn't mastered, and where nothing seems to make sense and he's working on a hopeless case, searching for a girl who disappeared almost twenty years earlier.

The most troubling of all, however, is the suicidal young woman whom Jonathan has become unwisely involved with, after pulling her from the filthy, toxic river that divides the city. But did he really rescue her? Or did she rescue him? Or did it even happen?


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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