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Bordertown 

Sorjonen (original title)
Quirky police detective, in Finland, delves into his mind palace to solve despicable crimes all the while trying to keep his family together. If Sherlock was based in Finland this would be it.

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Miikko Oikkonen
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Series cast summary:
Ville Virtanen ...  Kari Sorjonen 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Matleena Kuusniemi Matleena Kuusniemi ...  Pauliina Sorjonen 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Anu Sinisalo Anu Sinisalo ...  Lena Jaakkola 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Kristiina Halttu Kristiina Halttu ...  Taina Henttunen 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Lenita Susi Lenita Susi ...  Katia Jaakkola 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Olivia Ainali Olivia Ainali ...  Janina Sorjonen 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Ilkka Villi ...  Niko Uusitalo 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Matti Laine ...  Risto Susi-Huhtala 21 episodes, 2016-2018
Max Bremer Max Bremer ...  HP Lund 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Jasmin Hamid Jasmin Hamid ...  Jenna 'Jänis' Luhta 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Janne Virtanen Janne Virtanen ...  Robert Degerman 20 episodes, 2016-2018
Elias Salonen Elias Salonen ...  Elias Ström 14 episodes, 2016-2018
Johan Storgård Johan Storgård ...  Tuomas Heikkinen 13 episodes, 2016-2018
Laura Malmivaara ...  Anneli Ahola 12 episodes, 2016-2018
Mikko Leppilampi ...  Mikael Ahola 10 episodes, 2016-2018
Niina Nurminen Niina Nurminen ...  Johanna Metso 10 episodes, 2016-2018
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A top murder investigator from the capital city of Finland moves to a small town of Lappeenranta nearby the Russian border in order to work less and spend more time with his family. However he soon realizes that the bordertown isn't the peaceful town he thought it was.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

Fisher King Production

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Finland | France

Language:

Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

16 October 2016 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bordertown See more »

Filming Locations:

Lappeenranta, Finland See more »

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In April 2016, "Sorjonen" premiered at the MipTV festival in Cannes. See more »

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Sorjonen - A Finnish Taste of Noir
23 June 2018 | by MatnvannPlatnSee all my reviews

Taking his leave from hectic Helsinki to find more peace of mind and time for his family, Finnish detective Sorjonen finds himself and his loved ones more and more intertwined with the intrigues of Lappeenranta, a small town near the border with Russia.

The show is subdivided into several 'cases' covering three or four episodes each, giving you a quick and steady build-up of suspense that keeps you at the edge of your seat and hungry for answers. The characters develop naturally, and their interactions are natural and witty. Cinematography-wise, the film makers went out their way to contrast the beauty of the Finnish landscape with the dull greyness of a small industrial town.

Sorjonen/Bordertown's reserved characters may be a typical and accurate representation of the overall Finnish disposition, but it's the rough edges, quirky little details and the snarky responses from the somewhat stubborn Sorjonen that give this show a very authentic feel. Sorjonen having to move an inevitable pile of paper clutter from Taina's passenger seat before he can sit down, for instance, is a very natural thing to happen, and would surely be polished out in Hollywood shows. Another refreshing example is Lena, a stocky blonde in her late 40s. As the actual unscrupulous ex-FSB Russian muscle of the show, she won't shy away from a few unconventional methods to get answers. At the same time, she is having a hard time being a mother to troubled Katia.

If you're looking for points of critique, it would be that some of the characters are surprisingly quick in recovering from rather traumatic experiences, and there's a few loose ends that remain unanswered. Also, there's quite a worrying number of really twisted people in the small town of Lappeenranta.

If you are looking for rapid action and wild shoot-outs, this isn't the show for you. If you're into natural acting and subtle, dark humour, then this is highly recommended.


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