A Nearly Normal Family (2023) – Miniseries on Netflix: A “Nearly” Thriller for the Whole Family

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A Nearly Normal Family
A Nearly Normal Family

A Nearly Normal Family is a drama miniseries directed by Per Hanefjord starring Alexandra Karlsson. With Lo Kauppi, Björn Bengtsson, and Christian Fandango Sundgren. It is based on the bestselling novel by Mattias Edvardsson.

A Swedish suspense series that, well-executed, manages to entertain and remain faithful, with plot twists, surprises, and above all, with careful script treatment and well-developed characters who evolve with the story.

The story offers enough elements to please the audience, at least on a narrative level, in a miniseries that boasts good production and script but never goes beyond the stylistic territory.

It simply remains a good thriller and, if that’s what you want to see, you will have six gratifying episodes.

Plot

A girl is supposedly raped when she is fifteen, and her parents decide not to report the incident. Years later, the girl is accused of murder. The family takes measures to prevent her from being acquitted of the charges.

Series Review

A Nearly Normal Family
A Nearly Normal Family

A series that has a lot to tell and does so in a very European way: deliberate, almost reflective, showing how the legal system functions, how the family functions, and ultimately, how society functions.

“A Nearly Normal Family” is an almost analytical series that pauses in each scene and explains each element of the plot carefully so that the viewer doesn’t miss anything and can easily follow the process.

It does so without giving too many lessons, without going the Hollywood route of action-packed thrillers. There are no big jumps, fight scenes, or fast-paced sequences here: everything unfolds through dialogue and the stories of the three main characters, each with their own personal history that emerges as the judicial process evolves and we get to know the story.

It’s not a social drama, it’s a suspense series where the resolution matters more than the social context that surrounds it, although it is very present throughout the film. Religion, sexual education, and social behavior are everywhere, and above all, there is a focus on the family environment that, faced with tragedy, insists on defending itself.

Cinematographically, it is almost a made-for-TV movie in terms of pacing, but elevated to a series, it develops a family story that is much more complicated than any TV film, managing to avoid family clichés and delving deeper in this sense.

Our Opinion

It’s entertaining, but it fades away without leaving a lasting impression, in a blend of thriller and European social reality that leaves a good taste in your mouth but is quickly forgotten.

Premiere Date

November 24, 2023

Where to Watch “A Nearly Normal Family”

Netflix

A Nearly Normal Family
A Nearly Normal Family

Cast & Crew

Original title: En helt vanlig familjaka
Year: 2023
Country: Sweden
Director: Per Hanefjord
Screenwriter: Hans Jörnlind, Anna Platt
Companies: Jarowskij AB. Netflix
Genre: Drama, mystery

Actors and actresses

Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors

Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors
Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors

Lo Kauppi

Lo Kauppi
Lo Kauppi

Björn Bengtsson

Björn Bengtsson
Björn Bengtsson

Christian Fandango Sundgren

Christian Fandango Sundgren
Christian Fandango Sundgren
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