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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 7 October 2013
This is a fantastic show. The excellent, very original, storyline gains momentum and - not dissimilarly to The Killing - takes many a twist and turn before arriving at its satisfying conclusion. Firstly, Sofia Helin is wonderful! She has a great face for portraying someone with a personality type that`s not inconsistent with Asperger`s; her blank expression and short answers are combined with a failure to engage and understand social convention, but her driven and intelligent personality make her a great investigator, who is completely reliable and faithful. Some of her remarks to her investigating partner, Martin, are fantastic. He`s a strong character too, and a likeable one (despite being unable to remain monogamous); in fact, there aren`t too many unlikeable people involved and as ever, the Danish/Swedish landscape and indeed actual Bridge look great...maybe it`s just me but there`s definitely something about Scandanavia that lends itself to these sorts of thrillers...the countries, actors and writers sure pull off a fine show. Season 2 coming Winter 2013, according to "sources".
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on 4 March 2016
Each nation/region goes through a Golden Age, be it empire, arts, inventions and so forth.. Scandinavia is going through a very creative period. Be it the 100 year old man, the Killing and possibly the top of the lot.. The Bridge. From the haunting theme tune to the gruesome murders this 10 part series captivates. I hope there is the equivalent of BAFTAS in Sweden, because if there is Sofia Helin will sweep the board.

A body is found on the bridge, half in Sweden half in Denmark. Saga and Martin are both assigned to investigate and we get a quick glimpse of their characters right from the start. Saga refuses to let an ambulance pass, Martin lets it.. Saga reports him. Hardly the stuff to make a firm friendship but they do. Saga's character flaws are well observed and it seems only Martin can understand her. As the murders pile up so the story gets more gripping. In one scene, children are in peril and those investigating call it the "worse yet"... No it's not says Saga.. He has killed more... Yes but they are children... They are just little people... Which for me gets to the core of Saga... A person is a person regardless of age, gender or even if they are Danish.

It is essential to watch this series before embarking on series 2, they are pretty much companion pieces. But be aware.. This is Sweden.. This is Scandic Noire... Not everything turns out rosy.
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on 19 July 2017
I watched both series 1 a 2 when they were first aired on TV and loved every minute of both series. Being partially deaf I am well used to reading subtitles and have no problem with them. However, I downloaded this episode to give my partner a chance to view it also. Unfortunately she couldn't keep up with the subtitles and doesn't want to view any more. I guess I won't be watching it with her, because I'll definitely be watching it again!
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on 24 September 2017
Another masterpiece of Nordic Noir. Unlike American crime offerings not everybody is model gorgeously physically perfect or dressed in designer clothes - far from it. These are ordinary (well some are a little weird!) detectives with family issues as well, solving impossible crimes agonisingly slowly but cleverly. A good rival for "The Killing"
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on 18 February 2014
This gripping and violent murder story starts off with the discovery of a women's body. The torso belongs to a Swedish politician, the remaining legs belongs to a Danish prostitute.

The sociopathic heroine - Saga - is a committed workaholic cop from Sweden, giving no quarter and pushing leadership qualities to the very limit. Sofia as Saga is eccentric and created another cult figure, similar to the " Killings " Sarah Lund.

Saga has a hilarious inability to relate to other human beings and shows a deadpan face in every situation with dense moments.

Kim as Saga's companion is a constant surprise as a womaniser throughout his career, with women tripping over themselves into his waiting arms. His performance is brilliant, but makes endless mistakes of judgement in his duties as a leading cop.

No doubt about it, this pair drive this movie into all it's action packed scenes.

The sizzling sex scenes and nudity burst through this whole gruesome tale of dead bodies littering this brilliant dvd. One of the best movies ever produced with so much excitement blowing your mind away.
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on 1 December 2014
Excellent - how the Danes keep knocking out these high quality dramas is a mystery but I'm glad they do (they did collaborate with the Swedes in this case and the dialogue is in Danish and Swedish but with English subtitles). If you liked The Killing, then you should like this. Saga, the female lead, is an interesting character, lacks social skills but is a good detective. The other major character is Martin, who is the opposite of Saga apart from his detection skills. They make a formidable team.

There are two series out so far and I would love to see a third.
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on 11 February 2015
I wasn't planning on being drawn into The Bridge because I was busy with other commitments when it aired on TV, but I made the fatal mistake of 'just having a quick look' and was hooked. I can't compare it properly to other programs such as The Killing because for whatever reason they didn't grab me in the same way that the Bridge did. Originally it was the interesting nature of the screenplay, the atmosphere and especially the central characters (who are very, very strong). I also found the song used in the opening/closing credits haunting (Hollow Talk by Choir of Young Believers) and suited to the series.
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on 1 March 2015
This is an excellent series, driven by strong characters and superb acting. The twists and turns of the plot are really nicely paced and keep you guessing. The whole thing often has a grey tone evoking the Scandanavian winter, and maintains a wonderful gallows humour throughout. Big kudos to Sofia Helin for her portrayal of a mild Aspergers sufferer, and to Kim Bodina for his oh so human character. Triumph and tragedy abound for the main characters, who spark off each other so well. Clearly all parties involved are putting in a lot of effort which pays off handsomely. As good as the Killing, totally different in style, and perhaps even better.
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on 1 April 2013
the body of a woman is found on the bridge linking Sweden with Denmark at exactly the midpoint between the two countries. This is why Saga, a female Swedish detective and Martin , a Danish detective meet each other and are forced to work together.
Saga is played by Sofia Helin and Martin by Kim Bodnia. Without the brilliant acting performance of Sofia Helin, this series would be of little interest. Saga is indeed a little special , she is only interested in police work and has rather limited social skills which leads to many amusing situations. Also her sexual habits are rather peculiar.
Martin has an annoying grin during most of the first DVD and is chain-smoking but he improves considerably in the 2nd and 3rd DVD.
The plot is sometimes difficult to follow but the movie is never boring. Dramatic ending.
So, don't miss Saga.
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on 26 March 2014
The bridge between Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden becomes effectively a central character in this gripping saga.
Coincidentally, Säga is the name of one of the central protagonists, the Swedish police inspector who, with Martin the Danish one, coordinate this literally "across the border" crime investigation, with a heavy toll on their energy, cooperation and relationships.
Even if you caught the screening, it's worth being able to pause and digest regularly (as the dialogue is in Danish and Swedish with English subtitles) and go back to scenes that were hard to assimilate. Like an excellent page-turner book, "rereading" is well worth it for this one.
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