With a staging as crude as that of ‘The Squid Game’, the South Korean series that is on its way to becoming one of the most viewed fictions in Netflix history, ‘The Hartung case’ is presented as another disturbing and overwhelming ‘thriller’ -in this case Danish-, although it has little to do with the first, except that both are highly addictive. This new bet of the platform has deservedly been placed in the Top 10 of the most demanded in just one week.
Thanks to the good reception of ‘The Hartung case’, Netflix finally settled the pending account it had with the ‘nordic noir’, the successful police genre full of corpses, ripper, serial killers and hermetic policemen ready to hunt them down. Lo firma, y se nota, Søren Sveistrup, el creador de ‘Forbrydelsen’ (‘The Killing’), which in 2007 was invented this dark and sinister way of narrating police thrillers, and which has been followed by other high-profile productions from northern Europe such as ‘El Puente’, ‘Fortitude’ or ‘Atrapados’.
‘The Hartung case’ perfectly fulfills everything expected of a good ‘Nordic Noir’: sobriety, cold scenarios, brutal murders that allow one to think that its author is a particularly twisted being, and two detectives working together on the case. Two detectives, whose personal lives also carry a haunted past. AND there is, of course, the false clues, which make several of the characters suspects of the crimes committed. Until well into the six-episode miniseries, one does not imagine or have a remote idea who and why he murders non-stop.
In Copenhagen, Police Inspector Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) and her Interpol colleague Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) are tasked with investigating the case of a murdered woman, whose body has been found mutilated in a city park. Next to her, they find a small doll made with chestnuts. Although initially the boyfriend is the main suspect, this crime is soon linked to the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl, presumed dead and daughter of the Danish Minister of Social Affairs, Rosa Hartung. This will be the first in a series of bloody crimes alongside which the disturbing “chestnut man” always appears.
In this television adaptation of Søren Sveistrup’s own best-selling book, whose original title is ‘The Chestnut Man’, nothing is left to chance. The story works like a shot: from the strong scene that opens the first episode to the final moments of the sixth episode in which, finally, we understand everything. Lovers of the genre have no excuse to miss it.
Traíler “The Hartung Case” (Netflix)