Sebastian Bergman: Series 1 DVD
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Directed by Various (TV)
Produced in 2010
Main Language - Swedish with English subtitles
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In these two new Nordic Noir thrillers, Rolf Lassgard, (who played Kurt Wallander in the Swedish adaptation of Henning Mankell's original Kurt Wallander novels, before Krister Henriksson) assumes a powerful new role as police profiler Sebastian Bergman. Bergman is strong-minded, politically incorrect, abrasive - and grief-stricken, since he has yet to come to terms with the loss of both his wife and daughter in the 2004 Thailand tsunami.
In the first of the two thrillers, he helps police in his home town solve the murder of a 15-year-old boy who had an affair with one of his teachers. In the second, he attempts to catch a serial killer who seems to be modeling his attacks on those of a jailed killer whom Bergman brought behind bars himself.
These are absorbing investigations, fronted by a complex and believable character.
Publisher: Arrow E1
Length: 175 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 25th June 2012
Cat No: FCD626
by Barry Forshaw on 18th July 2012
The two-part crime series Sebastian Bergman: The Cursed One arrived with certain hard-to-meet expectations, in the wake of several groundbreaking Scandinavian crime se... Read on
The two-part crime series Sebastian Bergman: The Cursed One arrived with certain hard-to-meet expectations, in the wake of several groundbreaking Scandinavian crime series. The format of two 90 minute episodes went against the current trend for multi-part series (but is none the worse or that), and stars as the prickly (eponymous) profiler, one of Sweden's most respected actors, Rolf Lassgård. The actor adopts an audacious tactic: he makes virtually no attempt to render the difficult, sexually predatory Bergman subtly likable - not even by a chink in the character's armour (though we are aware of the vulnerable humanity beyond the uningratiating exterior). For UK viewers, Lassgård had latterly become familiar as the original television Kurt Wallander (albeit non-sequentially after both the Henriksson and Branagh incarnations).
Police profiler Sebastian Bergman is shabby, unshaven, and displays a distinctly non-PC approach to women; but this is no attractively dangerous seducer; he is more of a sex pest. Bergman is also a damaged individual, attempting to deal with grief over the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter in the 2004 Thailand tsunami. Returning to his home town after the death of his mother, Bergman encounters his old police colleague, Torkel, who is looking into the savage killing of a teenage boy. Bergman also discovers a letter with revelations of a family secret. He inveigles himself (in the teeth of some opposition) onto Torkel's team - with uncomfortable results for all concerned. The first episode is not just risk-taking in its refusal to elicit sympathy for its bear-like anti hero, but keeps its narrative focus deliberately vague, while the second episode displays another kind of audacity: outrageous borrowings from the oeuvre of the writer Thomas Harris. In the final analysis, Sebastian Bergman is not an easy series, but it's unarguably one with the courage of its convictions. Hide