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The brutal murder of a French citizen sees French homicide investigator Kahina Zadi (Leïla Bekhti) go to Kiruna, Sweden. Together with Rutger Burlin (Peter Stormare) she begins an investigation that soon takes on staggering proportions.
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Series cast summary:
Leïla Bekhti ...  Kahina Zadi 8 episodes, 2016
Gustaf Hammarsten ...  Anders Harnesk 8 episodes, 2016
Albin Grenholm Albin Grenholm ...  Kimmo 8 episodes, 2016
Jakob Hultcrantz Hansson ...  Thorndahl 8 episodes, 2016
Jessica Grabowsky ...  Jenny Ann 7 episodes, 2016
Richard Ulfsäter ...  Thor 7 episodes, 2016
Oscar Skagerberg ...  Kristoffer Hanki 6 episodes, 2016
Jeremy Corallo Jeremy Corallo ...  Nadji 6 episodes, 2016
Göran Forsmark ...  Sparen 6 episodes, 2016
Karolina Furberg Karolina Furberg ...  Jessika Harnesk 6 episodes, 2016
Sofia Jannok Sofia Jannok ...  The Nåjd 6 episodes, 2016
Olivier Gourmet ...  Alain Gruard 5 episodes, 2016
Editha Domingo ...  Mabée 5 episodes, 2016
Maxida Märak Maxida Märak ...  Evelina Geatki 5 episodes, 2016
Tomas Glaving ...  Skip Rep 5 episodes, 2016
Charlotte Lindmark Charlotte Lindmark 5 episodes, 2016
Jesper Sjölander Jesper Sjölander ...  Skip Rep 5 episodes, 2016
Pavva Pittja Pavva Pittja ...  The Nåjd's brother 5 episodes, 2016
Rodolphe Congé Rodolphe Congé ...  Benoit 4 episodes, 2016
Iggy Malmborg Iggy Malmborg ...  Eddie 4 episodes, 2016
Malin Persson Malin Persson ...  Linnea 4 episodes, 2016
Camelia Chennaoui Camelia Chennaoui ...  Young Kahina Zadi 4 episodes, 2016
Martin Sundbom Martin Sundbom 4 episodes, 2016
Jalila Tlemsi Jalila Tlemsi ...  Kahina Zadi's Mother 4 episodes, 2016
Pär Andersson Pär Andersson ...  Journalist 3 episodes, 2016
Anna Azcárate ...  Kajsa Burlin 3 episodes, 2016
Rolf Degerlund Rolf Degerlund ...  Anders Harnesk's Boss 3 episodes, 2016
Pelle Heikkilä ...  Marko Hesling 3 episodes, 2016
Pontus Wikström Pontus Wikström ...  Jörgen Forsberg 3 episodes, 2016
Peter Stormare ...  Rutger Burlin 2 episodes, 2016
Denis Lavant ...  Pierre Carnot 2 episodes, 2016
Kari-Matti Bruun Kari-Matti Bruun 2 episodes, 2016
Omid Khansari Omid Khansari ...  Bangkok Jori 2 episodes, 2016
Jemaa Khadri Jemaa Khadri 2 episodes, 2016
Marja Lisa Thomasson Marja Lisa Thomasson ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2016
Anton Raukola Anton Raukola 2 episodes, 2016
Johanna Sundgren Mangi Johanna Sundgren Mangi 2 episodes, 2016
Aslat Mahtte Gaup Aslat Mahtte Gaup 2 episodes, 2016
Lisa Henni ...  Justina Persson 2 episodes, 2016
Ingemar Raukola Ingemar Raukola 2 episodes, 2016
Helena Lindegren Helena Lindegren ...  Doctor at the Hospital 2 episodes, 2016
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Kahina Zadi, a French police officer, travels to Kiruna, a small mining community in remote northern Sweden, to investigate a brutal murder of a French citizen. With the help of Anders Harnesk, a Swedish DA and a member of the Sami, an ancient, mysterious indigenous tribe of Scandinavia, they are faced with new killings and the initial murder turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. Kahina and Anders come to realize that behind the killings is a ten-year-old secret conspiracy involving many of the town's inhabitants. Kahina finds herself confronting a ruthless serial killer, always one step ahead, a macabre plan, and her own painful past. Written by ahmetkozan

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Beautiful international drama in a small Swedish town
25 June 2018 | by MatnvannPlatnSee all my reviews

After a French national is murdered in Sámi territory in north Sweden, troubled investigator Kahina Zahdi (Leïla Bekhti) is sent out to investigate. She quickly learns there's a lot more at play.

The small local police force is faced with the task of solving a gruesome murder, unheard of in the otherwise sleepy mining community. And when lead investigator Rutger Burlin (Peter Stormare) unexpectedly takes his leave, the investigation suddenly lands on the shoulders of the somewhat clumsy public prosecutor Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten), whom hardly anybody holds in high regard. Tensions only worsen when it turns out the French murder is only the tip of the iceberg, which puts both the mining community as well as the Sámi on edge. There's even a minor role for the Kven people.

Midnattssol offers an interesting window into Sámi culture, while succesfully contrasting the beauty and tranquility of the northern Swedish landscape and its six-month daylight with the dark cruelty of a troubled mind. While the mystification of Sámi customs may be a bit overdone, with at times incessant traditional joik singing and visions of reindeer, having a nåjd (Sámi shaman) make unexpected jokes lightens the mood sometimes.

The series touches on quite a few issues, such as racism, the treatment of minorities and their fight for basic rights, acceptance of (homo)sexuality, the bonds between parents and children, greed, honesty, revenge, and international relations. Almost all main characters grow and develop considerably during this multilingual drama, and they all have their own issues to overcome.

As a viewer, you really find yourself divided between the mining community and the Sámi, the motives of the murderer and the (not so innocent) victims, which in itself also reflects the inner turmoil of lead investigator Harnesk, who is half Swedish, half Sámi himself.

Small wonder both Hammarsted and Bekhti were nominees for Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV Series at the Montecarlo TV Festival, and Midnattssol won the Kristallen Best Drama of the Year award.

Nice detail: the town of Kiruna does exist in real life, and it really plans to move in its entirety a few kilometres because of the iron mine.


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Sweden | France

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Swedish | French | English | Saami

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23 October 2016 (Sweden) See more »

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(8 episodes) | (entire series)

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Dolby Digital (5.1)

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16:9 HD
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