The Bridge (Bron/Broen, Denmark-Sweden)

Quality narrative and characterisation

Scandinavian noir is thriving in both literature and television and it’s great that we’re able to watch the latter on BBC4: two series of The Killing (2007 & 2009) and Sebastian Bergman (2010), not to mention to brilliant political drama Borgen (2010). The Bridge may have topped them all primarily through the interplay of the protagonists, with Sofia Helen’s brilliant performance as the autistic Saga Noren.

However, the narrative was also gripping if a little far fetched given the omnipotence of the serial killer a la Se7en (1995). However, that’s a trope of the genre and I can think of no television series that’s managed to sustain such a gripping climax over the final two episodes. Whether it’s narratively justified to have a sequel featuring the same characters I doubt, but I do hope to encounter Sage Noren again.

One Response

  1. […] programme. I’ve little to add to what I’ve written about the previous series (1, 2, 3) just to say that it was great to have such an appealing male character, Thure […]

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