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Mick and Tom are an unlikely father-son team of petty thieves. They've been hired to steal a painting from a museum. By accident, they steal the wrong painting: Denmark's only original Rembrandt masterpiece, worth millions.
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In 1949, during perilous times in post-war Denmark, Bjarne Madsen, an honest and ambitious young journalist, is determined to unmask the organised crime, the underground black markets and the corruption which plague the city of Copenhagen. Sooner or later, Bjarne will finally get the chance to begin his crusade after the unexpected encounter of two faceless bodies that were bound together and washed ashore. Eventually, Bjarne with the invaluable help of the esteemed crime reporter H.C. Vissing, they will discover that behind this web of corruption, fraud and blackmail, lie hidden, entrepreneurs, ex-Danish Resistance members, politicians and even the Police.Written by
The series is based on a true story - the case of the spider syndicate is Danish crime history. However, the story is fictionalized, and the conclusion of the plot is not to be considered absolute truth. The credits include this reminder (translated): "Some characters and events in 'Edderkoppen' are inspired by historical people and events, but it is important to stress that the story is fiction and that the characters, as they appear in the series, are fictional." See more »
Distinctive and intense, with great supporting performances also
Scandinavia, particularly Denmark and Sweden are famous for their thrilling crime series, and as an admirer, I try to watch as many as possible. I had not heard of Edderkoppen before - apparently due to the distribution year - but several Danish actors I like have the series included in their filmography. And yes, lots of fine Danish actors active in the 21st century perform there, making even smaller roles memorable, for example Lars Mikkelsen, Lars Bryggmann, Bent Mejding, Lars Bom, Bjarne Henriksen, Stine Stengade... As for Jakob Cedergren as the leading character Bjarne Madsen, he is good too, although I am would not place him among the TOP10 - or I have not seen enough films with his presence.
The plot - based on real events - is also intense and wittily created, there are not too many films depicting post-WWII living, and from historical perspective, it does not easily become timeworn. Cinematography has skilfully exploited the era's larger mysticism and ambiguity, nevertheless, one can ponder on and over enduring issues and values such as loyalty, family ties, media's role, illusions vs. reality and others. The ending could have been more sophisticated, but it does not diminish the overall value.
Of course, Denmark is far another society than in the 1940ies, but thanks to well-tailored creation, Edderkoppen is pleasant to follow, and its 6 episodes is just right, not protracted. Strong 8 points from me.
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