“Jordskott” gripping, atmospheric, Scandinavian mini-series. Ten hours well spent.

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“Jordskott” opens with a beautifully shot, incredibly tense, hostage negotiation scene in which Police inspector Eva Thörnblad is trying to talk down a man holding his wife at gunpoint and demanding to see his daughter.The policewoman is calm, focused and fearless to the point of recklessness. Things do not end well for her.

She decides to return home to the remote village of Silverhöjd, ostensibly to settle her estranged and recently deceased father’s estate but in reality to investigate the disappearance of a local child, which she believes is related to her own daughter’s disappearance seven years earlier.

The story that unfolds is a dark, edgy and unexpected tale that centres around the things we will all do to protect our children when they are threatened.

It is part police thriller, part spooky thriller and all original. The photography and soundtrack evoke the stark, threat-edged beauty of the vast forest. The acting is intense and vivid, with each face seeming perfectly to fit the character. The script and the plot deal with violence in a low-key but high impact way that is very different from the way in which North American dramas depict the police.

I think it’s one of the best pieces of TV I’ve seen in a long while. Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think..

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