With ever-changing original content, charismatic actors and dynamics that attracts giant online videos, the Danish series continues to seduce and store on screens all over the world.
The last dear "In the name of my father," broadcast on the French-German channel Arte on Thursday, was the new series, Adam Price, a screenwriter recognized as "Borgen," who followed an ambitious prime minister for political and personal tribulations.
The clever combination of exotism and realism explains the taste of a globalized audience for these originally local and non-English series, says Pia Jensen, professor of information sciences at Aarhus University and a series specialist.
For a long time limited to the police genre, the Danish series exploded on an international stage called "The Killing," followed by a police detective investigation in Copenhagen.
Since then, she has gone through the "Nordic Noir" brand, which is itself standardized and whose aesthetics are found across Scandinavia in series such as "Shetland" or "Broadchurch" made in Britain, says Ms. Jensen.
For a foreign audience, Denmark, as shown on television, is "an exotic society she wants to bid for because of the welfare state and strong female characters." "As if Denmark was paradise paradise," he says.
Paradoxically, in this almost ideal world, "normal" figures are being developed, which the public says are easy to identify, the researcher points out.
– The Paths of the Lord –
Distributed in nearly 80 countries, "In the name of his father", he examines the meanders of the everyday life of the Danish pastoral family, dominated by the character of a willing and stormy father on the slope of many demons Johannes Krogh.
Lars Mikkelsen, who plays this pastor in his 1950s and is already playing in The Killing, has just won the Emmy.
Also honored by the performance of his Russian President in "Dome karty", with this role "created a new stallion for the interpretation of the main character in the TV series," assured the creator of the program Adam Price, the inevitable figure of cultural work in Denmark.
"Johannes is the tenth generation of shepherds: it is a massive burden that bothers him, and he again murders his son," he sums up.
The oldest, Christian, lost, violates the ban, while the other, August, the pastor as a father and married, conscientiously follows the family journey until he becomes a chaplain for units located in Afghanistan.
"There are many stories about fathers, sons, and brothers in the Bible, it was a fertile ground for talking about men's relationships, about the gene of competition among men of the same family," the M.
– Disease –
In part "In the name of the father", we will find part of the DNA "Borgen": Birgitte Nyborg's effective politician shares a passionate work with the cascist Johannes Krogh.
"But Johannes reacts differently because his ambitions are not related to the political world, it is about supernatural power," remarks Adam Price.
The reflection of faith and religion links the conscientious dissection of the family matrix.
"Religion is sometimes something saved, just as authority can be imposed on our children in the family," says a screenwriter who is currently working on "Ragnaroku" for Netflix, a six-part series that the god of Norwegian mythology is reincarnated as a teenager of the modern world.
"In the name of my father," the idea was like a story in two acts, the second season is currently being broadcast on the public TV DR, which produced and united more than 500,000 spectators.
This country, with 5.8 million people, is proud of its reputation as a small and big TV innovator.
"Danish producers mostly think of Danish audiences for which they need to be relevant, so DR continues to experiment, some series will travel – and some will not be -" says Jensen.
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