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Fenris, a compelling tale among the best series, is one of those rare series you simply cannot take your eyes off. The particular setting for this Norwegian drama is Østbygda in Norway which is characterized by forests and the same dynamism that some new events in Viaplay series created by Simen Alsvik who was a lead director for Lilyhammer, an amazing Netflix creation. This Norwegian show immediately raises deep questions surrounding a research biologist determined to come back home to her father’s wolf sanctuary where he constructed it unconventionally due to certain factors.

Can one suppose that the savage wolves killed him? Or perhaps there’s more evil involved? How thrilling!

The same way of landing viewers into some rarely seen worlds with unusual characters like in Sharp Objects and Top of the Lake – Murder in a Small Town did something like that as well – – Fenris similarly introduces us to Oslo’s outskirts covered with forests. Boldly gripping and an astonishing piece of work it is, as it does more than what its simplicity suggests. These are not normally found throughout the narrative arc Alsvik allows his characters meet one another from time to time. He does not want them to be introduced since we will see all those introductions and feel how heart-rending these relationships are.

Emma (Ida Elise Broch) Is A Determined Researcher And Comes across As Tightly Wound Right Away. When she returns home with her son from whatever place she had gone, it becomes evident from her conversations with her dad Marius (Magnus Krepper) and their acquaintances that there is a huge gap between them especially towards Emma, who is shown as someone who would prefer not to have any upsetting feelings.

This proves difficult because Daniel has disappeared; he was Marius’ assistant after all. Emma finds herself plunged into this enthralling story about mystery revealing itself before her very own eyes though she may have wished for it differently. In the first few episodes, a lot of tension is built by the filmmaker as Emma and her father face the awful event before them and also their relationship too. For that matter, after all, Emma had followed in the footsteps of her father but there was something between them that remained unresolved even when she fled to go work in Oslo. Marius, meanwhile, seeks a connection with his grandson.

The local sheriff (Jan Gunnar Røise), who leads the search party for Daniel, gets pulled from both sides as tensions escalate throughout town. At some stage Emma discovers Daniel’s coat; it is covered in blood – this horrifies her. Her confrontation with her father takes an ugly turn; however, once he mysteriously disappears as well, one can tell that things are getting worse in these woods.

The name “Fenris” itself is given to one male wolf believed by officials responsible for Daniel’s vanishing. It’s captivating to experience how well Alsvik establishes the tension between the locals here. Recently there has been a huge controversy surrounding efforts aimed at bringing back certain apex predators into their original habitat. For conservationists they believe this will help the weakest part of food chain that has been left vulnerable but for local farmers it means eating their sheep has increased tremendously especially in Malvik where Dorthe lives.Sheep being eaten up by apex predators are seen as good news by environmentalists while others see this as a great loss.An understanding exists between both sides although there are strong emotions on fire in this forest environment.

Jan Gunnar Røise (who plays Sheriff Name) becomes more torn apart as community struggles worsen towards finding Daniel his assistant on either side than ever before.The point when Emma discovers Daniel’s jacket leaves her stunned because of blood stains all over it.It only goes downhill from there after confronting her dad with him eventually disappearing into thin air indicating something grave taking place in the forest.

From the plot to the actors, Fenris shines. In its six engaging episodes, we are offered riveting family dynamics, intriguing twists and a host of suspicious characters. One of its most successful elements is its photography that distinguishes it from other Nordic noir series. This is because its location is stunning- like Mare of Easttown, the show setting becomes a character itself.

Additionally, Ida Elise Broch’s role as Emma was outstandingly played here. The journey of her emotions from being gritty to showing rare vulnerability that she keeps hidden at times is something to see. It’s inspirational and more than enough reason to look up some of Simen Alsvik’s other great works such as Neste sommer. Viaplay streams Fenris (in Norwegian with English subtitles).

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