When a well-known gender theorist, and owner of Copenhagen's first gender-neutral preschool, is found murdered at a construction site in Malmö, Saga has to cooperate with a new Danish colleague, Hanne, who has difficulty accepting Saga.
Helle Anker, from Denmark, is found murdered without heart and with a carmine smile over her face in a construction site in Malmö, Sweden. Anker was lesbian and the pioneer of Denmark's gender-neutral preschool. Saga is assigned to the case together with a Copenhagen police officer Hanne Thomsen (Kirsten Olesen) who is hostile to Saga due to her role in the incarceration of Martin Rohde. Various characters popping out, mentally disordered Helle's son, former soldier in Afghanistan, haunted by some personal ghosts, Lise Friis Andersen, active Dannish vlogger, Lars Andersen Dannish businessman and others. As the investigation progresses, Hanne gets badly wounded and Saga is then assigned a new Danish partner Henrik Saboe (Thure Lindhardt), an insomniac with secrets of his own.
Dark and Brooding Beginning to a Detective Thriller
Set in and around a bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, THE BRIDGE in inevitably going to revolve around the clash of ideologies as well as nationalisms. And so it proves: one of the main themes of this opening episode centers around the conflict between central character Saga (Sofia Helin) and her Danish colleague. They resolve not to talk to one another socially but simply to co-exist professionally.
The idea of co-existence extends to the personal as well as the professional sphere. From the beginning it's clear that this story focuses on dysfunctional families: for example, the odd relationship between the murder victim and her son Morten (Asbjørn Krogh Nissen) an Afghanistan war veteran; or the close yet violent bond between vlogger Alice (Katrine Rosenthal) and her young daughter that culminates in an accusation of violent conduct at school.
Shot in bleak colors, with plenty of establishing shots of the Scandinavian landscape, this opening episode creates a dystopian world in which nothing is quite what it seems: characters flit in and out of the story, apparently behaving in an illogical manner, creating the kind of questions in viewers' minds that will encourage them to tune into the next episode.
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