Jordskott: weirdness in the woods

Jordskott is not the typical Scandi crime series, although during the first episode you could be forgiven for thinking it conforms to the pattern established by The Killing / The Bridge. The lead character is a determined female police investigator with a significant trauma in her past, and her return to the Swedish hinterland coincides…

Scandi crime and Nordic noir: downloads and DVDs

If the TV schedules fill you with doom, gloom, despair and despondency – never fear; we have a remedy for the torment that is ‘light entertainment’. Film drama from Denmark and Sweden, every bit as good as The Bridge or The Killing, populated with credible characters who have bitter-black back stories and who do terrible…

Sleepless Night: a chaotic cocaine chase

Instantly intense, Sleepless Night immediately plunges into the action before the (cleverly reversed) title credits have left the screen. Within two minutes, tyres are squealing and there’s automatic weapons fire on the Parisian backstreets as a drugs heist gets messy. Then things get really complicated when we discover that the robbers are actually cops… This…

11.6: an entertaining enigma wrapped in a pretty puzzle

This subtitled French-language drama tells a true-life story of a remarkable robbery; one where 11.6 million euros is stolen from an armoured car without blood or brutality. Even more remarkably, the robber then – seemingly – allows the police to find the majority of the money and turns himself in…   I say ‘seemingly’ because…

Immortal: a very French sci-fi fantasy film

It’s 2095. Aliens walk among a human population on an earth which is evenly divided between steampunk, early 20th century architecture and flying automobiles, and the sleek, gleaming white corridors of a manipulative megacorp which peddles genetic enhancements to all and sundry. Central Park in New York has been swallowed up by an ‘intrusion’, which…