|Genre:||TV series, Thriller|
|Regie:||Alexander Eik, Stefan Faldbakken, Stephen Apelgren u.a.|
|Produktionsland:||Norwegen 2010 - 2012|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 527 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||3|
|Sprachen:||German, Norwegian (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
Film: Former social worker Varg Veum (Trond Espen Seim) has been working as a private detective in the Norwegian port of Bergen for several years. In order to enforce his sense of justice, Varg sometimes goes unconventional ways, with which he has more than once made Commissioner Hamre (Bjørn Floberg) despair. But now he wants to bring some peace and stability into his life for his new girlfriend Karin Bjørge (Lene Nystrøm). He takes a job as a teacher and is well on the way to leading a normal life. But his past catches up with him again and again and just doesn't let him calm down. It all begins with the fact that a supposed murderer, called "The Knife", is released from prison and wants to take revenge on all those who put him behind bars years ago. And Varg is at the top of the list. But even a boy suspected of murder, whom Varg still knows from his time as a social worker, or a former friend who is killed in an attack, demand all the skills of the private detective. But it doesn't get really dramatic until Karin and his unborn child are in danger and Varg has to make a difficult moral decision...
"Varg Veum", whose first season in Germany still ran under the title "Der Wolf", is a Norwegian crime series based on the novels of Gunnar Staalesen. In his home country the unconventional investigator was so successful that two of the films from the second season even made it to the big screen. The self-contained stories strictly follow the rules of classic detective stories, whereby Varg is not reminiscent of Raymond Chandler's Philipp Marlowe by chance. Leading actor Trond Espen Seim proves to be the perfect cast for the stubborn, edgy private detective, as he credibly brings the various facets of the character to life.
But also the other actors, including the former AQUA singer Lene Nystrøm or Bjørn Floberg, deliver strong performances through the bank away. Coupled with the atmospheric visual language and the exciting scripts, this results in a very positive overall picture, which is on a similarly high level in almost every one of the six films. Some of the cases are more excitingly staged than others. So the first episode with the title "Signs on the Wall" is one of the most exciting cases of the second season along with "Cold Hearts" and "Business with Death". But altogether all six films have a high potential of tension, which is not least well exploited by the atmospherically dense staging.
And that's what the movies are about:
>STRONG ON THE WALL
To make his life quieter and spend more time with his new girlfriend Karin Bjørge (Lene Nystrøm), private detective Varg Veum (Trond Espen Seim) takes on a job as a teacher. But soon he is caught up by a dark chapter of his past: Kniven (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), who was put behind bars by Vreg's testimony for the death of a girl, is free again. Veum worked as a youth worker and even had an affair with the girl who died under mysterious circumstances. Now Kniven wants to take revenge on all those who put him in prison - because he continues to affirm his innocence. It doesn't take long until Herman Brandt (Per Egil Aske), former judge in the case, is found dead. And also Torill (Martine Johansen), the sister of the killed girl, gets into Kniven's sight. During his time in prison, he had repeatedly contacted her, for she plays a decisive role in his perfidious plan. The ex-prisoner's goal is that Varg Veum, of all people, should prove Kniven's innocence. Otherwise, there will soon be another victim. (Text: ZDF)
Practical if your partner is a private detective: Varg Veum (Trond Espen Seim) is supposed to find the missing sister of his girlfriend Karin Bjorge (Lene Nystrøm). Her mother has cancer in its final stages, and her most fervent wish is to see her daughter Siren (Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal) again. But Karin hasn't seen her own sister for years, the contact is completely broken off. That's why her boyfriend, Private Detective Veum, is stepping in. In fact, he manages to locate the young woman, but shortly afterwards she dies in a car accident. However, the private detective who witnessed the incident is certain that it was murder. So he starts the investigation, which soon leads him into the prostitution and drug milieu. And Siren's dark past comes to light. Veum finds out that her death is connected to a murder case - and it looks as if the then victim has been brought back to life. (Text: ZDF)
DANGER OF DATE
After being arrested, a teenager confesses to the cold-blooded murder of his foster parents. But Varg Veum doubts the alleged course of events, because he has a special relationship with the boy. Thus the private detective is confronted with his own past during the investigation. The gripping novel adaptation from Norway is presented as a free TV premiere in the Montagskino. The charismatic Trond Espen Seim convinces in the leading role. On a lonely farm, a postman discovers the bodies of a married couple and sees the foster son flee into the woods. Jan Egil (Sturla Alvsvåg) is armed and seems to have taken his neighbour's daughter Silje (Dagny Backer Johnsen) hostage. When the boy is surrounded by police, he demands to speak to Varg Veum (Trond Espen Seim). The two know each other from the time when the private detective was still working at the social welfare office. The teenager asserts that he found the two already dead, and Varg can persuade him to face the authorities. But both the police and his own lawyer don't believe a word Jan Egil says, and finally the intimidated boy signs a confession. Since even his old acquaintance, Commissioner Hamre (Bjørn Floberg), can do nothing, Varg himself begins to investigate in order to exonerate his former protégé. He receives support from his ex-colleague Cecilie (Line Verndal), with whom he had a relationship at the time. But not only this constellation could worry his girlfriend Karin (Lene Nystrøm) - his investigations lead the private detective on the trail of a network of alcohol and drug smugglers. The Norwegian writer Gunnar Staalesen has mainly published crime novels since 1970, with the books with the main character Varg Veum among his most successful publications. (Text: ZDF)
BUSINESS WITH DEATH
Varg Veum (Trond Espen Seim) works as a private detective in the Norwegian town of Bergen and lives with his girlfriend Karin (Lene Nystrøm), who expects a child from him. Now after a long time he meets his old friend Even (Jon Øigarden) again, who until recently was stationed in Afghanistan. The inhuman deployments have left clear traces on the ex-soldier, now he has found a job as a guard at the Armakon armaments company. When there was a bomb attack on several board members, Even was also one of the victims. Even is presented relatively quickly as an alleged perpetrator, but Varg cannot believe in his guilt and does some research. After he searches Evens apartment, Varg is broken into and Karin is injured. After this attempt at intimidation, the private detective can be sure that he is following the right tracks - and they lead to Armakon's headquarters in Budapest. In the Hungarian capital Varg discovers more and more clues, which point to unscrupulous crimes of the company, but before there are further victims and some surprising developments. (Text: ZDF)
DEN TOD VOR AUGEN
When private detective Varg Veum investigated the death of a young asylum seeker, he came across some inconsistencies. More and more evidence suggests that the girl was murdered and that high-ranking citizens of the city are involved in organized human trafficking. The gripping Norwegian thriller with its charismatic main character is presented as a free TV premiere in the Monday cinema. When the body of a young asylum seeker is recovered in Bergen harbour, the official cause of death is drowning without any outside influence. Nevertheless, private detective Varg Veum (Trond Espen Seim) is interested in the case because his girlfriend, social worker Karin Bjørge (Lene Nystrøm), was looking after the girl. In fact, Varg encounters a number of inconsistencies, including a number of questions raised by the death certificate. Meanwhile, Karin meets Amina on duty, a friend of the victim who seems extremely frightened. However, Amina (Bintu Sakor) is not ready to talk to her. First clues then lead to an asylum home for girls. Its director Ellen Watu (Fumi Desalu-Vold) seems to be very committed to her protégés. A seemingly trivial theft, in which he simultaneously investigates, leads Varg into the upper social circles of the city - and there of all places he finds a hot lead in the case of the dead girl. Now police chief Jacob Hamre (Bjørn Floberg) is slowly becoming active, because members of this elitist circle seem to be engaged in organized human trafficking and are trying to make all witnesses disappear. (Text: ZDF)
Varg Veum is intended to help a young woman find her missing sister. But the supposed routine order soon has threatening consequences - also on the private life of the investigator. With the free TV premiere of "Varg Veum - Cold Hearts", the film night on ZDF ends the Norwegian crime series around the charismatic private detective. Varg Veum (Trond Espen Seim) and his girlfriend Karin Bjørge (Lene Nystrøm) soon become parents. Reason enough for the private detective to step down a little soon. But that doesn't work as simply as he thought: his latest case, the search for a missing prostitute named Margarete (Gitte Witt), not only fills him to the brim professionally, but also burdens his private life. Siv (Ingrid Olava), the sister of the disappeared, is the client of the investigation. But it soon becomes clear that all three siblings of the Gunnar family are involved in dark machinations. Shortly afterwards, the body parts of Karl's brother (Brage Kjepso) are found - distributed all over the city. He had not returned from prison after being released and had been reported missing. Furthermore every trace of Margarete is missing. But how are the missing siblings' cases connected? Varg Veum comes on the trail of a drug dealer, to whom Karl Gunnar is said to have stolen large quantities of heroin. In addition, the former guardians of the three siblings seem to be hiding something. The investigation leads Veum into a swamp of drugs and violence. In the end, he has to decide whether he wants to put those responsible in charge or risk the life of his unborn child. (Text: ZDF)
Picture + sound: The visual implementation of the six thrillers captures the dark atmosphere of the stories very well. The harmonious colour scheme makes a very special contribution to this. It is therefore easy to cope with the fact that there are now and then smaller point deductions in the detail display. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is rather reserved in many scenes. Dialogues, atmospheric ambient sounds and the music dominate the events here. But from time to time, clearer surround effects also ensure audible utilisation of the multichannel sound range. That's enough for a more than satisfied one: Gut!
Extras: On the third DVD there is a short Making of to the episode "Business with Death" (15:29 min.). Altogether a bit lean, but well worth seeing!
Fazit: "Varg Veum" is exciting thriller entertainment from the far north. The unadapted private detective, who has to fight not only against all sorts of criminals, but also against inner demons, may not be the most original series creation. But thanks to the good scripts and the convincing game of Trond Espen Seim, "Der Wolf" has become an interesting character, who you will love to look over your shoulder while investigating. The DVD box offers six gripping thrillers presented in good picture and sound quality. As a bonus there is a short but worth seeing Making of. For lovers of Scandinavian crime food the box is, despite some small lengths, absolutely recommendable:
Quelle: Sebastian Betzold, contents: ZDF