The beautiful actress Malin Crépin is absolutely brilliant as the title character in Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter. Moving from one tense investigation to another she is tough, unrelenting, clever and strong and always get to the bottom of things. And even in cat and mouse situations, when she fears for her own safety, she is almost nonchalantly brave.
And all this while dealing with a husband and two children who often feel neglected. And to add fuel to the flame she is faced with a rather disapproving mother-in-law. But Malin Crépin can take it all and charm and entertain us to no end. She is talented, vibrant, vivacious, sweet, beautiful, intelligent and always so sensuous.
Malin Crépin as Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter
EPISODE 1: NOBEL’S LAST WILL
While covering the annual Nobel Prize Banquet, Annika witnesses the spectacular murder of two prestigious individuals right in front of her. She’s a key witness, so she’s bound by the police not to disclose anything. It’s the story of a lifetime, and she can’t write a word.
EPISODE 2: PRIME TIME
On her way to a family gathering, Annika has to leave her two children in the care of her boyfriend so she can report on the murder of a famous TV host. The ten people who’d just spent the night at a mansion where the host’s program is taped are under suspicion; Annika learns that her best friend is among them.
EPISODE 3: STUDIO SEX
When a stripper from a club called Studio Sex is killed, the case becomes political dynamite after the police find out that the Minister of Trade visited the club on the night of the murder. Working the story also brings up bad memories for Annika and she finds herself taking it all personally.
EPISODE 4: THE RED WOLF
In the dark winter of northern Sweden, a journalist is murdered. Annika senses that the killing is linked to a terrorist attack 40 years ago, about which the journalist knew too much. Her investigation brings her into a world of old loyalties that began with the 1960s leftists and extends into the liberal government of today.
EPISODE 5: LIFETIME
Lonely and divorced, Annika spends most of her time at work to forget her private misfortunes. She reports on the strange case of a young female police officer who’s accused of killing her policeman husband and hiding their young son. She also suspects that there’s more to this story than an enraged wife.
EPISODE 6: A PLACE IN THE SUN
Annika travels to Costa del Sol, Spain, to cover a story about a Swedish family who was killed during a burglary. As she investigates, it becomes clear that the murders are connected to a drug trade that reaches from the hashish farms of Morocco to the streets of Sweden.
Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter features first class cinematic production values. The cinematography is a joy to watch. It is beautiful the way Malin Crepin is photographed. The lighting is gorgeous. The writing, based on author Liza Marklund’s best-selling crime novels, is crisp and to the point. The cast is absolutely superb, and the directing puts it all together wonderfully.
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