Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Killing

If you get a chance to watch the TV series The Killing (Forbrydelsen in Danish), take it.  But make sure you have time to spare, because this series will have you glued to the screen.  Whatever the hour, you'll want to watch 'just one more episode'.  Even if you watched the American version of The Killing, watch the Danish original: it's better than the American one in every way.  And the ending is different.

I loved the stoical detective Sarah Lund and her obsessive tenacity in tracking down killers, sacrificing her career and personal life in the process.  The Killing has plenty of plot twists and political intrigue, and strong character development of the detectives, the family and the victim.  The actress playing Sarah Lund, Sofie Grabo, had built her career on playing highly emotional characters, so this distant, uncommunicative, emotionless detective was a departure for her.  In the extra interview on the DVD, Grabo described how she came to portray this cool and distant character and how she was involved throughout the development of the series.   The writers kept the culprit and plot twists from the actors, which they felt enhanced their performances.

Bonus:  By the end of two seasons of The Killing, I actually was starting to understand a bit of Danish and felt an almost irresistible urge to say tak instead of thank you.

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