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A Normal Family, the Swedish series of record on Netflix: a thriller about the naturalization of sexual abuse

2023-12-10T13:08:21.048Z

Highlights: A Normal Family, the Swedish series of record on Netflix: a thriller about the naturalization of sexual abuse. A Nordic product to be seen in one sitting, it proposes more than just "guess who the killer is". The keys to a boom that came out of a successful novel. By far we are all normal. A magnifying glass is enough to destroy the theory, a look at the detail to detect the asymmetry, the extravagance and sometimes the monstrosity. Up close, any family could be an anomaly in the system.


A Nordic product to be seen in one sitting, it proposes more than just "guess who the killer is". The keys to a boom that came out of a successful novel.


By far we are all normal. A magnifying glass is enough to destroy the theory, a look at the detail to detect the asymmetry, the extravagance and sometimes the monstrosity. The same rule applies to families.

With that premise, the eyes are fascinated by a Swedish series that is sweeping Netflix these days: A normal, "marathonable" and addictive family. The umpteenth platform game to discover the killer. The key is the twist: the script takes us fluidly from the nose to the end with the same question. What is a family capable of to protect its good name?

Yes, yet another thriller to Netflix's exhausting catalog, a trite invitation to the twists and turns of a homicide. But it would be unfair to mix this production in the same bag of suspense and mystery that overflows into the streaming giant's inventory. Here are more effective and valuable elements. Deep layers of the skin of a family that chooses to sweep the grime under the rug.

The Sandells aren't the Ingalls, but neither are the Addamses. A well-to-do class from the outskirts of Lund, the father (Adam, Björn Bengtsson) is a priest in the Lutheran Church and the mother (Ulrika, Lo Kauppi) is a lawyer. Their daughter, Stella (Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors), carries a trauma that the clan camouflages. What none of the three know is that disguising an aberration for years cannot be gratuitous.

After a lawyer interrogates Stella about her boyfriend's death, a key flashback plunges us into the girl's old grief. Four years earlier, at a student camp, she and an older coach are attracted to the group and pull away from the group. There are kisses and a request from her for him to stop. In the face of the rape, the emotional blackmail of Stella's parents will make the teenager go silent and move on.

The merit is the pace. With convincing performances, the six chapters – of 50 minutes each – push us to want to solve the enigma, but also to scrape the façade of that family that lives in a luxurious house where everything seems perfectly harmonious.

Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors, the girl from "A Normal Family".

The series is based on the best-selling novel by Mattias Edvardsson, a literary phenomenon translated into more than 30 languages that found a tight tone in the television adaptation. The producers knew how to replicate the boom audiovisually until the algorithm proposed the title among the most watched these days.

It's 300 minutes of tension and an entertaining mental exercise typical for users without exquisite pretensions. There's no too much juggling. With their successful narrative gymnastics, the authors give us just the right doses of information and confusion, but without disorienting us enough to make us believe that the culprit is the least expected guy.

The different points of view on an event, the fidelity to blood ties and the pacts implicit in family dynamics parade with cadence in this unbeatable Nordic product as we try to understand the strange functioning of a tribe when one of its members is in danger.

Christian Fandango Sundgren and Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors.

Between judges, investigators, blood and prosecutors, A Normal Family brings to the table religious morality, the patriarchal gaze, social judgment, the silencing of abuses and the mechanism of self-deception to which we are capable of subjecting ourselves in an extreme situation. Up close, any family could be an anomaly in the system.


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Rating: Good. Gender: Drama/Thriller. Directed by: Per Hanefjord. Protagonists: Alex Karlsson Tyrefors, Lo Kauppi, Björn Bengtsson. Broadcast: Netflix. 6 chapters.

Source: clarin

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