Thomas (Martin Buch) and Dion (Esben Dalggård) are two old friends in dire straits trying to open a restaurant. Dion is just out of prison. Thomas and his silent-of-speaking son Niklas (... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Martin Buch ...  Thomas 16 episodes, 2014-2015
Esben Dalgaard Andersen ...  Dion 16 episodes, 2014-2015
Viktor Lykke Clausen Viktor Lykke Clausen ...  Niklas 16 episodes, 2014-2015
Rikke Louise Andersson ...  Hannah 16 episodes, 2014-2015
Finn Nielsen Finn Nielsen ...  Kurt 16 episodes, 2014-2015
Tina Gylling Mortensen Tina Gylling Mortensen ...  Jensen 16 episodes, 2014-2015
Nicolas Bro ...  Tandfeen 14 episodes, 2014-2015
Lars Brygmann ...  Gerner 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Nicolaj Kopernikus ...  Mogens 11 episodes, 2014-2015
Lærke Winther ...  Kisser 9 episodes, 2014-2015
Soat Cevik Soat Cevik ...  Gekko 9 episodes, 2014-2015
Olaf Højgaard Olaf Højgaard ...  Kenny 9 episodes, 2014-2015
Hella Joof ...  Skolepsykologen / ... 9 episodes, 2014-2015
Claus Flygare ...  Napoleon 8 episodes, 2014-2015
Peter Gantzler ...  Berggren 7 episodes, 2014-2015
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Thomas (Martin Buch) and Dion (Esben Dalggård) are two old friends in dire straits trying to open a restaurant. Dion is just out of prison. Thomas and his silent-of-speaking son Niklas (Victor Lykke Clausen) are still suffering from the traumatic death of their wife and mother two years earlier in a yet unresolved car crash. Life has been rough to them all. Black-market creditors are on their neck. So are Thomas'es dad, the police and the social community threatening to take Niklas away from home. How can the two old friends rise to their insurmountable challenges when action is mostly needed? This is what this rarely morally thoughtful and rather touching dark-black comedy series is all about.

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Danish

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16 October 2014 (Denmark) See more »

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Abgebrannt See more »

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Danmarks Radio (DR) See more »
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Modern urban western about two friends struggling to open their dream restaurant while fighting all sorts of perils

Let me start by saying that I just love this production. It is a corporation between the national Danish, Swedish and Norwegian TV stations but placed purely in Denmark.

The story evolves around two friends struggling to get their dream restaurant off the ground.

One is a former top (hipster) chef straight out of prison, a ladies man with a drug habit and debt to all the wrong kind of people.

The other is a top sommelier, dyslexic with an alcohol problem mourning his wife who died in a car accident. Since the accident his son has not uttered a word.

It is jam packed with good Danish actors and solid acting, with only a few exceptions. Each and every character is somewhat of a cliché but all are portrayed with nuance and great charisma.

The main storyline is also a bit of a cliché but it is webbed with surprising detours and humorous in its absurdity. However, it is not a comedy as such and the show takes itself seriously. There are no punch-lines or gags, just peculiarities and absurdities that will make you smile.

The show comes across as some kind of modern urban western. It is filmed without the use of nothing but small sets, which gives a great intimacy with the characters and story. The cinematography is really impressive in its purity and with a great grading that fits the western genre. The directing is also very consistent with focus on a good manuscript/story and acting rather than unnecessary bells and whistles.

I have been trying to think of reasons to dislike the show but I just loved every 8 episodes in each of the two seasons. As a bonus the end is both in spirit with the whole show and it also actually works (which I think is rare).

A nice little gem that deserves airtime outside Scandinavia :-)


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