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Depeche – Denmark, lead


With variable original content, charismatic actors and dynamism that attracts gigants of online video, the Danish series continues to seduce and impose on screens all over the world.

The last dear, "On behalf of the father", broadcast on the French-German Arte channel from Thursday, the new series of Adam Price, the scriptwriter of the acknowledged "Borgen", who was followed by political and personal lawsuits by an ambitious prime minister.

A clever mixture of exotic and realism explains the appetite of a globalized audience for these initial local and non-Indian series, says Pia Jensen, professor of information science at the University of Aarhus and a specialist in the series.

It has long been limited to a police genre, the Danish series has exploded internationally with "The Killing", where we are tracking an investigation by a police detective from Copenhagen.

Since then, this "Nordic Noir" vignette has passed, itself standardized and whose aesthetics are located outside the Scandinavian borders in a series such as "Shetland" or "Broadchurch" produced in Britain, says Ms. Jensen.

For foreign audiences, Denmark, as it appears on television, "is an exotic society for which it wants to strive for a state of well-being and strong female characters". "As if Denmark is a paradise paradise," she is having fun.

Paradoxically, in this almost ideal world they develop "normal" characters that the public says they can easily identify, explains the researcher.

– The Roads of the Lord –

Distributed in nearly 80 countries, "On behalf of the father" explores the meanders of the daily life of the Danish pastoral family, dominated by the figure of a willing and lively father in the possession of many demons, Johannes Krogh.

Lars Mikkelsen, who plays the fifties and who has already played at The Killing, has just won the International Emmy Award.

He also emphasized his role as the Russian president in "House of Cards", with this role "created a new gesture for the interpretation of the main character in the TV series", appreciates the creator of the Adam Price program, an inevitable figure of cultural creativity in Denmark.

"Johannes is the tenth generation of pastors: it's a tremendous burden that bothers him and he bothering his son," he sums up.

The eldest, Christian, lost, violates the ban while the other, August, pastor as a dad and married, consciously follows the family path until he becomes a captain for troops stationed in Afghanistan.

"There is a lot of stories about fathers, sons and brothers in the Bible, it was a fertile ground for talking about male relationships, the gene of competition among men of the same family," M. Price.

– dissection –

In the text "On behalf of father" there is part of DNA "Borgen": effective politician Birgitte Nyborg shares with cacique Johannes Krogh passion for his work.

"But Johanes reacts differently because his ambition is not related to the political world, it is about more supernormal power," notes Adam Price.

The reflection on religion and faith intertwines the conscious dissection of the family matrix.

"Religion is sometimes something imposed, in the same way that power can be imposed on our children in the family," says the scriptwriter, who is currently working on "Ragnarok" for Netflix, a six-part series in which the god of Norsezian mythology is reincarnated as a teenager of the modern world.

"In the Name of Father" is considered a story in two parts, the second season is currently broadcast on DR Public Television, which it produced and gathers more than 500,000 viewers.

This country of 5.8 million people is proud of its reputation as an innovator of small and large screens.

"Danish producers generally think of a Danish audience for which they have to be relevant and therefore DR continues to experiment, some series will travel – and some will not -" says Jensen.

© 2018 AFP

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