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Bordertown 

Sorjonen (original title)
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Quirky police detective, in Finland, delves into his mind palace to solve despicable crimes all the while trying to keep his family together. If Sherlock was based in Finland this would be it.

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Miikko Oikkonen
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Series cast summary:
Ville Virtanen ...  Kari Sorjonen 31 episodes, 2016-2019
Matleena Kuusniemi Matleena Kuusniemi ...  Pauliina Sorjonen 31 episodes, 2016-2019
Anu Sinisalo Anu Sinisalo ...  Lena Jaakkola 31 episodes, 2016-2019
Lenita Susi Lenita Susi ...  Katia Jaakkola 31 episodes, 2016-2019
Olivia Ainali Olivia Ainali ...  Janina Sorjonen 31 episodes, 2016-2019
Ilkka Villi ...  Niko Uusitalo 31 episodes, 2016-2019
Matti Laine ...  Risto Susi-Huhtala 31 episodes, 2016-2019
Jasmin Hamid Jasmin Hamid ...  Jenna 'Jänis' Luhta 30 episodes, 2016-2019
Max Bremer Max Bremer ...  HP Lund 28 episodes, 2016-2019
Janne Virtanen Janne Virtanen ...  Robert Degerman 28 episodes, 2016-2019
Kristiina Halttu Kristiina Halttu ...  Taina Henttunen 25 episodes, 2016-2019
Laura Malmivaara ...  Anneli Ahola 22 episodes, 2016-2019
Johan Storgård Johan Storgård ...  Tuomas Heikkinen 17 episodes, 2016-2019
Elias Salonen Elias Salonen ...  Elias Ström 14 episodes, 2016-2018
Mikko Leppilampi ...  Mikael Ahola / ... 14 episodes, 2016-2019
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A top murder investigator from the capital city of Finland moves to a small town of Lappeenranta nearby the Russian border in order to work less and spend more time with his family. However he soon realizes that the bordertown isn't the peaceful town he thought it was.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Pauliina's (Matleena Kuusniemi) full name is Pauliina Olivia Sorjonen (neé Rajala) See more »

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Featured in Rikoksen musta pohjoinen (2018) See more »

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Sorjonen - A Finnish Taste of Noir
23 June 2018 | by MatnvannPlatnSee all my reviews

Taking his leave from hectic Helsinki to find more peace of mind and time for his family, Finnish detective Sorjonen finds himself and his loved ones more and more intertwined with the intrigues of Lappeenranta, a small town near the border with Russia.

The show is subdivided into several 'cases' covering three or four episodes each, giving you a quick and steady build-up of suspense that keeps you at the edge of your seat and hungry for answers. The characters develop naturally, and their interactions are natural and witty. Cinematography-wise, the film makers went out their way to contrast the beauty of the Finnish landscape with the dull greyness of a small industrial town.

Sorjonen/Bordertown's reserved characters may be a typical and accurate representation of the overall Finnish disposition, but it's the rough edges, quirky little details and the snarky responses from the somewhat stubborn Sorjonen that give this show a very authentic feel. Sorjonen having to move an inevitable pile of paper clutter from Taina's passenger seat before he can sit down, for instance, is a very natural thing to happen, and would surely be polished out in Hollywood shows. Another refreshing example is Lena, a stocky blonde in her late 40s. As the actual unscrupulous ex-FSB Russian muscle of the show, she won't shy away from a few unconventional methods to get answers. At the same time, she is having a hard time being a mother to troubled Katia.

If you're looking for points of critique, it would be that some of the characters are surprisingly quick in recovering from rather traumatic experiences, and there's a few loose ends that remain unanswered. Also, there's quite a worrying number of really twisted people in the small town of Lappeenranta.

If you are looking for rapid action and wild shoot-outs, this isn't the show for you. If you're into natural acting and subtle, dark humour, then this is highly recommended.


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Fisher King Production

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Finland | France

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31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Lappeenranta, Finland See more »

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