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Bridge/ Broen, Broen (TV)

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  Bridge/ Broen, Broen (TV) Review
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8 /10
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8.00 /10
Sofia Helin , Kim Bodnia , Thure Lindhardt
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Directed by: Henrik Georgsson, Rumle Hammerich, Charlotte Sieling, Morten Arnfred, Kathrine Windfeld, Lisa Siwe
Written by: Hans Rosenfeldt Created by Hans Rosenfeldt

Released: 2011
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Sweden/ Denmark
Length: 0

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This was a crime of mind-boggling meticulousness that only a psychopath – or an exceptionally devious screenwriter – could have dreamt up. Who deposited the bodies, and why, are the questions that will keep us glued to this series over the next five weeks. They also provided the excuse to bring together one of the most peculiar detective double acts in recent TV history: Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) and Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia). She’s a young, attractive Swede, one who wears tight leather trousers, and was seen propositioning a stranger in a bar with the immortal (and successful) line, “Would you like to come back to my apartment and have sex with me?”. Subtle, she ain’t. Strangely, she had more than a little in common with the Claire Danes character in Channel 4’s CIA drama Homeland: both are borderline-autistic blondes whose talent for unpicking horrific crimes with an uncanny forensic froideur is the flipside of an inability to empathise with others. Rohde, her opposite in more ways than one, is a middle-aged Danish detective with a world-weary manner and a face like an unmade bed. The programme joined him the day after he’d had a vasectomy (having already fathered five children by three different women, it seemed a wise decision) so he walked with a limp and sat with a grimace. He spent much of the opening episodes trying to coax a smile out of Saga, or to cajole her into eating breakfast – and failed on both counts. In between, the pair tried to get to the bottom of the crime on the bridge, while a kaleidoscope of suspicious supporting characters wheeled past the camera. They may or may not turn out to be crucial to the murder plot. The programme was in no hurry to tell us – it unfurled in the indulgent, richly satisfying manner of a drama that knows it has another eight hours to play with. Beautifully shot in a permanent crepuscular gloom, this was more than a detective story, it was a complex tale of two cultures. And it suggested that it will take more than a bridge to overcome the gulf between them.
(Benjamin Secher, Daily Telegraph, on series 1, 2012)
Written down it sounds like 120 minutes of unexpurgated misery. Actually it WAS 120 minutes of unexpurgated misery. Yet the sign-off to the latest series of the procedural set either side of the Oresund bridge linking Malmo and Copenhagen was riveting too. Even a soapy sideplot involving Noren's troubled relationship with her mother (bumped off in mysterious circumstances) cast a spell – as if Ingmar Bergman had been left in temporary charge of the EastEnders writers's room.
(Ed Power, Daily Telegraph, on series 3, 2017)
Saga Noren is one of the great TV detectives of the 21st century... Almost self-parodically murky, ghoulish and politically current, it’s business as usual in a part of the world that gets very dark in November, when The Bridge is apparently always shot... While behemoths Borgen and The Killing flagged in their third series, The Bridge felt decidedly reinvigorated and seems built to last.
(Andrew Collins, Guardian, on series 3, 2015)
Writer Rosenfeldt has done the seemingly impossible in making Bodnia’s abrupt departure seem as if it had been planned all along... Helin has been magnificent throughout the show’s run, and only continues to impress. As for Lindhardt’s wry, empathetic, fascinating Henrik, it’s now impossible to imagine The Bridge without him. The final episode of series three brings a devastating tragedy for one of them and a potentially career-ending injustice for the other. However, as they set off on another, deeply personal investigation, the future seems oddly bright. A fourth series in 2018 is all but confirmed. It’s a long wait, which leaves us plenty of time to ponder what might come next for this most memorable of couples. They face an uncertain future, having lost or given up everything that previously defined them, but they have each other.
(Gem Wheeler, Den of Geek, on series 3, 2016)

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