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The Bridge: an unforgettable Scandinavian drama

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As UK remake The Tunnel returns, we celebrate Swedish/Danish crime drama The Bridge...

9pm, Saturday night, BBC Four. For the few of us who still, on occasion, watch television when it’s actually broadcast, that timeslot means only one thing: high-quality drama from outside the anglophone world. Okay, so some of the series are less impressive than others, and one or two are in English (remember Australia’s The Code?) but these are exceptions to the rule. What began as a fad, accompanied by much reductive talk of ‘Scandi noir’ and a mildly disturbing national obsession with Sarah Lund’s knitwear, has culminated in a golden age for telly addicts. Our initial resistance to subtitles has faded, and a whole world of often beautifully acted, compellingly plotted drama has opened up. We haven’t strayed very far outside Europe yet, but it’s a start.

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The Legacy – box set review: ‘an utterly addictive Danish inheritance saga’

A refreshing change from Nordic noir, this gripping exploration of greed, jealousy and rivalry has made it a huge success in Denmark – and for good reason

It starts with a dead body, but any adherence to the traditional Nordic noir rubric of The Killing, The Bridge and Wallander ends there. The Legacy, an utterly addictive Danish inheritance saga, is not a whodunit, but a whogetsit. The titular legacy is tied up in the elegantly dilapidated, 1802-built rural pile of Veronika Grønnegaard, an eccentric, internationally feted artist and eternal hippy chick, played by stage veteran Kirsten Olesen. She dies not of a gunshot wound or contusions to the neck, but cancer. The bohemian matriarch is first glimpsed having a restorative fag outside an oncology unit.

Her death triggers a 10-episode knockout tournament of sibling rivalry – a barrage of secrets and lies from a family history that has more layers than a platter of pastries.
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New on Video: ‘Breaking the Waves’

Breaking the Waves

Written by Lars von Trier and Peter Asmussen

Directed by Lars von Trier

Denmark, 1996

Director Lars von Trier is nothing if not creative. From films like Epidemic in 1987 and Europa in 1991, to last year’s two-part Nymphomaniac, he has managed to bring a continually imaginative photographic and narrative formula to nearly all of his films, the best of which ultimately end up masterpieces of contemporary international cinema. It was arguably his 1996 feature, Breaking the Waves, that first, and most dramatically, catapulted him to the front ranks of modern-day global filmmaking, particularly within the arthouse arena and festival circuit, and understandably so. This affecting film is a powerful work that delves deeply into often unspoken and unconventional recesses of faith and love. Its themes are profound, its performances staggering throughout, and its visual palette and filmic technique are replete with saturated hues, vigorous camera work, and an unabashed intimacy.
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