What a tangled web we weave.
Especially when drug addiction, teenage cocaine parties, complex love triangles and the politics and pressure of combining police work with knowing almost everyone in town.
In this case, the small town is Norskov, Denmark. Tom has returned to his hometown where he is quickly assigned to crackdown on cocaine culture and underage nightclubbers. An encounter with childhood love-of-his-life sets a chain of events in motion that inevitably spirals into a complexity of relationships, politics, promises and deception, which took root decades well before and is only surfacing now.
Rumours, innuendo, criminal records and the clash of personal and business interests threaten to sink the cool, confident mayor. Secrets he has kept from his wife, his best friend, his colleagues could not only destroy his marriage, his chance to adopt a child and also his chance to see the success of a multimillion dollar infrastructure project he has masterminded.
Meanwhile, Tom has to find out the kingpins that are introducing almost pure cocaine onto the market, killing teenagers and mothers, and poisoning the town with distrust and devastation. Naturally, this is not clear-cut and those he knows and loves will become witnesses, suspects and threats to his life.
Like all small towns, friends from school become lifelong enemies, or lovers, or business competitors. This muddies the waters, creates entanglements that can ultimately drown one or both and also make for compelling screen time. Add a cocaine syndicate and you’ve hit jackpot.
In the vein of top quality Nordic dramas like Borgen, The Legacy, The Bridge and Follow The Money, Norskov is a skilful and memorable investigation of politics, love, family, desperation and redemption of the human spirit. The acting and the script are faultless. The intermingling of storylines, characters and their vested interests is done with care and subtlety.