What are you doing this Friday night? Once upon a time (before my dear husband and kids and well, middle age), Friday nights were for hot nights on the town.
These days I've got other things on my agenda.
Namely a hot date with my couch, a little red wine and a foreign TV series.
Mysteries, thrillers and police procedureals have always been my genre of choice. I consume them, books and film.
So I've become picky.
I'll never miss Masterpiece Mystery and 90% of the books I read are set in England, but sometimes one must branch out.
Broaden horizons. See a little (more) of the world.
So I started looking for mystery and police TV series set outside of the USA and the UK.
And I have criteria!
If I''m going to commit 8 - 10 hours of my life to it, it needs to have:
- Great cinematography and sense of place. Sweeping vistas, cinematic views that make me long to live on sweeping moor or an archipelago in the Baltic. Or Paris.
- Good storytelling: Film adaptations of best-selling scandinavian novel series or BBC productions are always a plus.
- Great characters with quirks, charm and accents: You know what I love? That everyone on foreign tv does not look movie-star perfect. OK, for the most part they are all still pretty attractive, but they don't fit into the standard Hollywood-mold.
- And a bonus for parents of littles: All the swear words are in a foreign language, so you can watch within earshot of the kids and not worry they are picking up any (more) bad words.
Below is a round up of some of my best discoveries of late.
I've pinned and linked to a whole lot more on my fancily titled "TV & Film I've Seen and Liked" and "TV & Film To Do" Pinterest Boards if you're interested in seeing what else I've watched and plan to watch.
Also: I'm not the only one at DPPL who loves this kind of stuff.
Stop by the 3rd Floor Readers' Services Desk - Joel Sawyer is our resident foreign film expert and has tons of great recommendations!