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The Swedish crime drama Maria Wern premiered in 2008 and stars Susan Taslimi as the titular character. Set on the idyllic island of Gotland, Maria Wern is a detective inspector for the local police force. The series is based on the books by Swedish author Anna Jansson and follows the investigations of the police force, as well as the personal lives of their officers.
The show initially introduces us to Maria Wern and her family. Recently widowed, Maria is adjusting to life as a single mother to two children, while also dealing with the loss of her husband. She is dedicated to her job, but it impacts her relationships with her family, and she struggles to balance the two. Her colleagues on the police force vary in their backgrounds and personal lives, but they work together to solve crimes that are reported on the island.
The series has a number of stand-alone episodes that each feature a particular crime that Maria and her team need to solve. The drama can range from murder investigations to missing person cases, but always has a personal element to the storyline. There are often links to the past or to the local community, and the detectives work to uncover not just the perpetrator, but also the motive behind the crime.
One of the strengths of the show is the immersive setting. Gotland is a popular holiday destination for Swedes, and the locations used in the show capture the beauty of the island. The cinematography is stunning, and the showrunners have clearly put effort into making the locations feel authentic. The use of the local language and traditions, such as the midsummer celebrations or the traditional Swedish roofed hayrack, further adds to the authenticity of the show. Viewers get a sense of the close-knit community of Gotland, where everyone knows each other's business, and where secrets can be difficult to keep.
The cast is also a strength of the series. Susan Taslimi delivers a standout performance as Maria Wern. She balances the tough exterior of a police inspector with the vulnerability of a recent widow and mother. Her relationship with her children is at the forefront of the show, and Taslimi handles this emotional side of the character well. The supporting cast members also give strong performances, with the dynamic between the different characters adding depth to the show.
Maria Wern is a well-written crime drama that is both gripping and emotional. The writers explore the personal lives of the characters, as well as the crimes they are investigating, and the result is a show that feels grounded in reality. From the stunning locations to the strong performances of the cast, Maria Wern is a must-watch for fans of Swedish crime dramas.
Maria Wern is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on November 1, 2010.