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Varg Veum - Bitre blomster (2007)

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A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her disappeared daughter without attracting too much attention. During his investigation Veum becomes... See full summary »

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Thomas Moldestad (screenplay), Gunnar Staalesen (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trond Espen Seim ... Varg Veum
Bjørn Floberg Bjørn Floberg ... Hamre
Kathrine Fagerland ... Anna Keilhaug
Endre Hellestveit Endre Hellestveit ... Isachsen
Anders Dale Anders Dale ... Odin Schrøder-Olsen
Øyvind Gran Øyvind Gran ... Trygve Schrøder-Olsen
Per Jansen Per Jansen ... Harald Schrøder-Olsen
Trine Wiggen Trine Wiggen ... Vibeke Farang
Håvard Bakke Håvard Bakke ... Bård Farang
Nicholas Hope ... Warren Donaldson
Ove Andreassen Ove Andreassen ... Monrad
Belinda Braza Belinda Braza ... Kristin
Glenn Andre Kaada Glenn Andre Kaada ... Kim
Julie Fløysand Julie Fløysand ... Camilla Farang
Tor Andre Rundhaug Tor Andre Rundhaug ... Henrik Farang
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Storyline

A successful female politician hires private-detective Varg Veum. She wants him to find her disappeared daughter without attracting too much attention. During his investigation Veum becomes aware of an international company and its dealings with corruption, black-business, and murder. Written by HardHouseClubber

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Norway | Sweden | Germany

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitter Flowers See more »

Filming Locations:

Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

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2.35 : 1
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This was the first film of the «Varg Veum» series See more »

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When Varg Veum is driving on the bridge, he approaches the bridge from an island driving towards the mainland. He should be approaching from the mainland going towards the island. See more »

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Followed by Varg Veum - Din til døden (2008) See more »

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One of the best Norwegian crime series ever!
21 April 2019 | by lizardjimsSee all my reviews

Varg Veum is the hero of the titular novels written by the godfather of Scandinavian crime fiction, Gunnar Staalesen, and he is one of the most well fleshed out characters in the genre. The name translates in English as ''wolf in a holy place'' and is the best description for Staalesen's protagonist who is a private investigator with a strong moral compass and decent, though not extraordinary, detective skills that help him to solve the various cases he takes. His past experience as a social worker, mainly dealing with delinquent children, make him more sensitive and intuitive and also helps the audience to empathize with him.

The television adaptations are wonderful and Trond Esper Seim proves to be the best choice for the role of Varg. His performance is measured and esoteric and it succeeds in the difficult task of embodying a demanding fictitious character who has become a legend in his hometown of Bergen. All the stories, twelve in total, are compelling and engaging, unfolding in a nice, steady pace and some of them have some well-placed and effective twists that make them all the more intriguing. The cinematography is also breathtaking with the majority of episodes set in the beautiful Norwegian landscape.

In the sea of today's Nordic Noir television exports, ''Varg Veum'' stands out both in terms of quality and entertainment. If you are a fan of the genre, you should check out immediately this Norwegian production which is on the top-5 on my list of the best Scandi-Noir television series of all time. It should also be noted that the book series are ongoing and the latest novel, titled Wolves at the Door, was published on April 14, 2019.


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