Forbrydelsen, better known as The Killing to westerners, is an awesome series comprising of 20 linked episodes. There is a second season, but that is another story hence another review. This Danish show starring Sofie Gråbøl and Søren Malling as Sarah Lund and Jan Meyer respectively, is one of the best shows I have ever seen. The concept is so simple it's genius. The Danish police find bloodstained clothing in the middle of nowhere, which soon leds them to the body of Nanna Birk Larsen. As the investigation unfolds, the consequences for everyone involved, police, family, friends, teachers, and suspects, are great and life changing.
The question on everyone's mind, characters and watchers alike, is who killed Nanna Birk Larsen? The first truly great thing about The Killing is the fact that all twenty episodes are one investigation. At first, this may seem daunting and very long, and prone to unreasonable prolongations, but it is quite the opposite. It allows us see the real gritty bits in an investigation, such as the wait for DNA results, and the false leads, and the interrogations and the long hours. But there is also the more emotional details, such as the strain on Nanna's parents after her murder, and the looming truth that their daughter is gone and that they'll have to clear out her stuff. They are also faced with money problems, and have a hard time keeping up with all the money requirements for the funeral.
In this show, you meet new characters related to the story, if only vaguely, in every episode, and every single one of them, even the two cops on the case, pass through the 'viewer judgement'. That's just a fancy phrase I invented to say that everybody did it. Everyone is the murderer until a new person comes along.
The horrible thing about this series is that it is so exact on details, the plots all fit in properly, that once you are finished and are finally free of the weight of the question to all, and you go back to things such as CSI, or other police series... they just suck. They are over so fast, so many questions still remain, the motive is typical, the evidence is sketchy, I mean, only one fingerprint that happened to be the killers? While in The Killing, we see the police take Nanna Birk Larsen's brothers' fingerprints to exclude them from the hundreds they find in the family's home.
I was also disappointed to hear that a Hollywood version was being made. Why can't the Americans concede to the fact that other parts of the world can make great movies too? I could name so many remakes of foreign films, but I won't. Instead, I'll tell you, no, order you to watch Forbrydelsen, and that way you too will be tortured by the ultimate question as well as blessed to have seen such an awesome show.