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The Swedish Twin Peaks: Jordskott

Inspelning under 2014: Programtitel: Jordskott Bildtext: Göran Ragnerstam, Moa Gammel och Richard Forsgren i drama-thrillern Jordskott. Foto: Pelle Hallert/SVT Bilden får endast användas i programpresenterande sammanhang. Fotografens namn, Sveriges Television samt programmets titel skall alltid anges.
Inspelning under 2014: Programtitel: Jordskott Bildtext: Göran Ragnerstam, Moa Gammel och Richard Forsgren i drama-thrillern Jordskott. Foto: Pelle Hallert/SVT Bilden får endast användas i programpresenterande sammanhang. Fotografens namn, Sveriges Television samt programmets titel skall alltid anges.

Scandinavian filmmakers have become accustomed us to the fact that they can tell good, realistic stories full of anthropological observation. This is evident both in the literature and film. This can be seen especially in their favorite genre, crime fiction. Suffice it to mention such titles as The Killing, The Bridge or Wallander. It turns out, however, that something interesting happens when the crime fiction can be influenced with other genre. In this case with horror.

When Jon Asp from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet wrote a review about a new TV-series titled Jordskott, he called it for Swedish Twin Peaks. I decided to watch this series on SVT Play immediately. It was created and directed by Henrik Björn. In the main role appears Moa Gammel, well-known from the thriller Tommy (2014). She plays Eva Thörnbladh, policewoman from Stockholm, who returns to her hometown Silverhöjd, to sort out all the stuff after her father’s death. Relations between her and her father spoiled seven years earlier, during the holidays, when Eva’s daughter, Josefine, were missed. But now, when another child were lost in this area, Eva wonders if there is any connections between this two causes. But when she found in the woods a girl with Josefine’s earrings, all the other problems were receded into the background.

Meanwhile police officer Göran Wass (Göran Ragnerstam) is sent to Silverhöjd for investigating the disappearances. But it soon turns out that his real role in solving the town’s problems is quite different. He want to prevent the mystery of the secret society.

The viewers quickly learns that in Silverhöjd something strange happens. A group of local thugs shot in the woods for a strange creature. A young girl kills her boyfriend accidentally. In addition in this area appears also the mysterious man from Finland (Ville Virtanen), who begins killing people. He is a professional monster hunter.

In the world created by Henrik Björn Swedish legends and folklore can be mingled with contemporary action. It turns out that, in the area of the north Uppland lived an unusual humanoid race, with great strength and intelligence, who signed a special pact with the locals. They will give him a hostage in exchange and he stops from killing people.

In Silverhöjd we will also find the witches and water creatures, which deals with living in a mysterious kind of symbiosa.

The story is influenced by classical criminal intrigue with interesting social background, allowing us to observe the trials and tribulations of the local community in which human passions are focused like a lens.

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.