Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter

I do not watch Swedish TV shows/movies that often here in the U.S., so I was thrilled to find that Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter was available on Netflix (with English subtitles).

The six movies (Nobel’s Last Will, Prime Time, Studio Sex, The Red Wolf, Lifetime, and A Place in the Sun) are based on Liza Marklund’s bestselling novels and although I had read all of them prior to watching the movies I did not remember how they would end. If you have not seen them yet, I highly recommend them.

Female Protagonist

When Liza Marklund started writing crime novels, she decided to have a female protagonist (Annika Bengtzon) in a genre where they traditionally had been men. She also introduced plotlines that had to do with the characters’ personal lives as well as current social and political issues.

Annika Bengtzon

Annika Bengtzon works as a crime reporter for a major Swedish newspaper, and she often finds herself in dangerous situations, but as a consequence, she is able to get the best scoops. She is dedicated to her work, and like many women she struggles to keep a balance between her career and family.

Marklund has said that she wanted to write about “someone who is a bit over the top in every way, who has failings and flaws, but is still believable.” In the movies Annika Bengtzon is portayed beautifully by Malin Crépin.

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