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Bridge/ Broen, Broen (TV)

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  Bridge/ Broen, Broen (TV) Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
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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I don't know yet if The Bridge is as good as the first series of The Killing. What I'm not getting, along with its bleakness, is the humanness The Killing had. Not just because there doesn't appear to be anyone likable in The Bridge, but also I'm not feeling any sense of terrible personal tragedy and loss in these murders. Perhaps that will come. Or maybe that's all in keeping with its spirit of cold, and the lack of normal human feeling in the principal character. It's Nordic Super-Noir. Certainly it's gripping – involving, haunting, beautiful – in an unfriendly way of course (God, does the sun NEVER come out over there?). It creeps up and wraps itself around you – not cosily, like a blanket, more like the mist coming in off the Baltic. Brrrrr.
(Sam Wollaston, Guardian, on series 1)
Some of the plotting is perhaps a little on the silly side, but the winning performances, the surprisingly funny comic relief, and the serial's generally excellent craftsmanship make for recommended viewing.
(Iain Stott, An Evening Illuminated, on series 1, 2012)
The Bridge continues to play with the concept of the politically motivated “statement murder” as if it were gritty realism. This ability to keep a straight face allows its jigsaw plots to be pieced together while maintaining high levels of tension. Among the suspects was a hate-filled video blogger, whose homophobic rhetoric verged on incitement to kill. Her daughter was being bullied at school, but there was another mother muscling into the drama, Saga’s estranged one. The impact of their encounter led to the most memorable scene, in which the distressed but emotionally remote detective was told by her boss to accept a hug. She did so without protest and later dutifully offered one to his wife after he had been kidnapped. Saga remains one of the most fascinating characters on TV.
This series of The Bridge though still has some way to go to prove itself the equal of the previous two, which stand alongside Borgen and The Killing as the finest examples of Nordic noir.
(Chris Harvey, Daily Telegraph, on series 3, 2015)
The characters are complex, unusual, deep and interesting. Our two leads are not your run of the mill crime cops. Swedish detective Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) suffers from autism spectrum disorder which makes her abrupt, rude and completely unempathetic to her colleagues and to victims of crime. An enigma, she is also an extremely rational, logical police officer with what could be an eidetic memory. Danish Homicide Superintendent Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) is a total disaster in his personal life - a man who has affairs and cannot stay married to one woman. In fact, he has five children to three women and that's only at the start of the series. This aspect of his character leads to all sorts of horrific complications - complications that are cleverly interwoven into the plot. Despite his shortcomings, Martin is a very good man and it's easy to develop a great deal of sympathy for him early on. Saga's complications also appear in the plot in creative ways when least expected. Her unpacking is one of the central themes of each series with the final series containing the big reveal - no spoilers here... Saga is far and away one of the most fascinating characters in the world of crime TV.
(Mel Jay, Reel Rundown, on series 1, 2016)

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