Padre Puglisi a priest from a mafia-controlled district of Paleremo, helps kids to get off the streets and in his church creates an embracing place of hope and righteousness, which means ... See full summary »
In the middle of the dysfunctional Broch-Hansen family, a tragic and humorous tale of the 36 year old Georg, more than ready to be a grown up and a family man, but afraid of turning out just like his old man, also to the one he loves.
Anders Baasmo Christiansen,
Anders Danielsen Lie,
The missing persons unit of the Belgian federal police goes all the way each time a child or adult is likely to be in need of urgent help. Some cases are just domestic or false alerts, ... See full summary »
Stan Van Samang,
Two 15 year old boys secretly meet up in the forest, only to witness a blood bath. They are seen, but escape trying to keep this as a secret, both in fear of the perpetrator and that their secret is revealed.
Cosy detective dramas, with their cast of regular characters and improbably complex murders, are a staple of television everywhere; and in the search of some (mostly tame) variety, writers have tried historical as well as contemporary settings. 'Inspector de Luca' is such a series, with its setting in mid 20th century Italy. What raises it above the ordinary is that the scenario is not static: each of this four part series occurs in a different place and time, and the career of the titular Inspector unfolds against a backdrop of the rise and fall of fascism, and the subsequent evolution of postwar politics. The political portrait is not especially insightful (de Luca himself is apolitical, and there's a general message that all power corrupts), but nonetheless, its still interesting to see the mechanics of a detective drama worked out against different backgrounds, and the hero is not all-powerful in the contexts in which he has to work. The formula cannot, one presumes, be extended indefinitely; but with each episode offering something new, the series brings something absent from the predictable repetitiveness of most detective dramas.
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