A father who is a priest in the Swedish Church, a mother who is a lawyer and a thriving teenage daughter who shines in her handball team. When you first see the Sandells in Netflix's "An Almost Normal Family," it feels like a picture with no grey areas. However, at the age of 15, the teenager Stella experiences a trauma: having fun seducing a coach during a sports camp, she finds herself raped by him. A tragedy that will silently destroy the family.
Four years later, Stella still lives with her parents, works in a bakery, out of step with her best friend Amina who is studying law. She meets a handsome man older than her and, some time later, finds herself accused of killing him.
A story adapted from the novel by Mattias Edvardsson
The story navigates between past and present to reveal only in small touches what really happened on the night of the murder. Beyond the heroine Stella, the story takes a long look at the actions of her devastated parents, who are ready to do anything to protect her. Even if it means concealing possible evidence and obstructing the investigation.
The talent of Scandinavian authors for detective novels and thrillers is no longer to be proven and those of "An Almost Normal Family" have mastered their subject. The drama has quickly been propelled to the top of Netflix's most-watched programs since its release, overtaking the game "Squid Game: The Challenge".
The six-episode Swedish miniseries is not based on a true story but adapted from the novel of the same name by Mattias Edvardsson (Ed. Pocket). The pace of the plot is sustained without being frantic and the information is distilled with a perfect flow to always make you want to continue with the next installment. Enough to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last few minutes.
The actors' accuracy should also be highlighted, especially the 22-year-old Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors in the role of Stella. She perfectly blends the carefree and thirsty for life of youth, more or less feigned, with the inner tear that has undermined her since she was raped. The actress exudes something particularly endearing and upsetting in some emotionally charged scenes. It is therefore not surprising that the success of "An Almost Normal Family" is on the agenda.
"An Almost Normal Family", Swedish series by Anna Platt and Hans Jörnlind (2023) with Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors, Lo Kauppi, Björn Bengtsson... Six episodes of 36 to 50 minutes each.