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Denmark on Netflix - August's pick

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This month: Department Q
“My wife left, my partner is dead and my best friend is paralyzed. I don’t think there’s much to laugh about.” This is how the dark-minded anti-hero Carl Mørck describes himself in the first movie of the trilogy ‘Department Q’, which sets the mood for the rest of the movie.

Photo credit: Christian Geisnæs/DFI

The deputy Superintendent Carl Mørck played by Nikolaj Lie-Kaas is the classic anti-hero cop with trouble at home and a traumatized background. He finds himself in a midlife crisis at the start of the movie, after a recent divorce and a raid gone wrong. A recent demotion leaves Carl in ‘Department Q’ to solve cold cases. With no prospect of changing his dark state of mind, he meets his new partners, Assad and Rose. They are in for a journey through unsolved cases involving a missing woman, violent boarding schoolers and a religious sect.

In the first movie, The Keeper of Lost Causes, Carl Mørck and partner Assad start digging into an unsolved case about a high-ranking female politician, who is thought to have committed suicide. But as the cases starts to open up, it seems that the plot involves high-level Danish politicians. The classic cop-thriller is on.

The ‘Department Q’ series consists of three movies so far; The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent One and A Conspiracy of Faith, all based on the books of the same name by Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen.

Watching ‘Department Q’, you are in for a classic Nordic noir franchise. It’s a classic cop thriller, where all characters have flaws, even the detective. With its gloomy atmosphere and destructive characters the film presents you with a world where malice lurks just beneath the polished surface of Scandinavian well-fare society.

The Absent One - Trailer

Why is Danish film happening right now?
Did you hear of movies like ‘The Hunt’ or ‘Melancholia’? There is a good chance that you did, because Danish film is experiencing a golden age right now. Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominations are proving that directors such as Susanne Bier and Lars von Trier are World class directors.

The Golden Age kicked off with the dogme-movement founded in 1995, where the approach was to get back to the core of filmmaking, focusing on traditional values like storytelling, acting and theme rather than special effects and technology. In the manifesto ‘Dogme95’ Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg established new rules to follow when making film. The most well-known is probably that all dogme-film must be filmed with a hand-held camera.

With the international acknowledgement of Danish film, many of them can be found on Canadian Netflix. Every month we pick one to help you discover the treasures of Danish filmmaking.