What is Nordic noir?
Having been largely influenced by post-WWI film noir, Nordic noir is a new genre of motion picture that includes:
- dark settings, either in urban or remote natural environments, with low light and lots of shadows
- brutal crimes, that usually shock the otherwise safe and peaceful local communities
- far from perfect detectives, with their own flaws and often mysterious past or inner struggles
- an agonizing plot, with many twists and unexpected turns
Why has it been so popular?
Needless to say that maybe the first and foremost reason why Nordic noir has become so popular is the setting. Dark urban or majestically mysterious natural, people love it. Several cities in Scandinavia have become hot because of their part in a Nordic noir series, like Copenhagen or Malmö in Sweden.Wait! This is not about travelling. It is about brutal crimes, right? Yes, exactly that. They also serve as an answer to the question “Does Nordic utopia really exist?”. People from all around the world get a different less perfect image of the Nordic. And this serves as a boost in their national ego. “Yeah yeah, there is criminality and social inequality in Scandinavia too”.