The Mystique of Denmark’s The Killing / Forbrydelsen
It’s Thanksgiving up here, and the trees are already shifting colours, birds are grouping together before the big flight south, and millions of our psychotic, window-licking black squirrels are fattening themselves up in advance of the evil white stuff [snow].
Just uploaded is the thing that devoured a substantial chunk of my time last week – Season 1 of the original Danish series The Killing / Forbrydelsen [M] which aired in 2007 and spawned two additional season (one which is airing right now).
At some point I’ll watch the U.S. version that aired on AMC – purely for comparison, and curiosity as to how they adapted the material and characters for the American market – but coming soon will be a review of Season 2.
This is my first exposure to Nordic TV series, and I get it: they’re amazing for their characters, plotting, pacing, mood, and nuances. They are the crack cocaine of mystery TV series, and I bow to their superiority. Hopefully Frans Bak’s score CD will get some wide distribution in Europe, given he scored both the Danish and U.S. series.
Coming next: CD reviews of Arbitrage, Blade Runner, and Looper, plus reviews of two films currently screening at The Bloor: Detropia (2012) and Reqiem for Detroit? (2010).