Scandinavian Noir is dead, the Guardian claims

On the day of the Midnight Sun premiere in the UK, British newspaper The Guardian published an article online claiming that Scandinavian Noir is dead.

The article claims that the originally uniquely Scandinavian aspects of crime have become cliches, and cites Midnight Sun as an example of this.

When The Killing premiered in the UK, it was such a huge success that it went on to inspire series like Broadchurch, The Missing and River. It proved that the exploration of the storyline, deeper focus on the characters, and use of the landscape was worthwhile and provided high-quality drama.

The power of Scandinavian drama, The Guardian says, is that they explored foreign culture from the inside. They were shows made for home audiences that also found an audience abroad.

The Guardian critiques The Midnight Sun for several reasons. The first reason is forcing the actors to speak in the English language, placing them out of their comfort zone. Secondly is that it’s yet another European team-up. Last but not least, the characters felt too cliched and tired.

When Midnight Sun premiered in Sweden, it pulled in higher numbers than the premiere of The Bridge.

Read the full article here. 

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.