Borgen

Borgen

Season 1

DVD - 2013 | Danish
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Explores the insular world of high-stakes Danish politics and the press corps that covers it in instantaneous, relentless news cycles. Birgitte Nyborg becomes Prime Minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to learn the ways of power, quickly. She's an altruistic public servant in an old boys club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life.
Publisher: [United States] : MHZ Networks Home Entertainment, c2013
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 606 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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firefly5
Jan 16, 2016

sub titles!

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mariella99
Oct 06, 2015

I am now watching this brilliant series for the THIRD time. As others have mentioned, there is some effort in keeping up with the subtitles because this is so dialogue and content rich, so the first time, most of my effort went into trying to keep up. Second time around, I was able to focus more on just how different Danish government is from Canadian, US or British - imagine a Canadian Cabinet Minister from an opposition party??? Now, third time, as everything has sort of come together, I'm watching it for the sheer enjoyment of something intelligent and well written. Certainly, there are some clunker moments of poor writing that result in ridiculous behaviour of the characters but I can overlook those for the overall quality of this series. I'm just sorry it had to end! Oh, and for those who comment about House of Cards being a US television series - please...it was a UK series (and much superior, in my opinion) long before the US got their hands on it. Try to check it out - the late Sir Ian Richardson as Francis Urquhart and many of Britain's great acting talents in supporting roles - it was DELICIOUS!

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IV27HUjg
Sep 07, 2015

This is brilliant, except I have to mute the Danish & concentrate on the subtitles - intensely. So much better than US junk.

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atfrancis
May 24, 2015

Fabulous!
Scandinavian productions are becoming consistently outperforming the US.
Authentic actors and acting are much more pleasing and interesting than the glammed up US roles and counterparts.
I've watched all 3 seasons and am hoping for a 4th!

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amesop
Jan 22, 2015

Borgen (3 seasons worth) is my favourite TV series out of numerous I have seen this year. I must comment on the comparisons to the US production of House of Cards which was not at all as good as the original BBC production, by the way. I think Borgen is far superior touching on all kinds of relevant political topics such as what is happening in Greenland to the Inuit! That episode should resonate with Canadians.

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lmm789
Jan 21, 2015

Refreshing political thriller featuring decent, earnest, hard-working but entirely human characters trying to do the right thing at work and at home. Protagonist's marriage too newlywed happy to be quite believable yet surely there are some among us who clearly enjoy one another even through offsprings' teenage years. One wants to believe.

Season 2 is a leveler, Season 3 payback for a very tough decision taken by protagonist in Season 2.

There hasn't been a female protagonist any woman would want to emulate since Juliette Binoche in Blue, the first of the Blue, White, Red Polish film trilogy. More like this!

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pamazon52
Dec 08, 2014

My all-time favourite tv show. Absolutely riveting! After a while I totally forgot I was reading subtitles. Very strong characters played by fantastic actors with an excellent script.

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æther
Jul 20, 2014

It's baffling that an SPL buyer decided on 8 fewer discs of Season 2, given the egregious hold numbers.
For a television series –which always seems to mean telegraphing future events with cliff (or castle battlement?) hangers– this one's extraordinary, not to mention an aid to breaking North American provinciality. Who born after 1976 would've thought that 90% of the world considers Liberal to mean Right-Wing?

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Fletcher6
Jun 13, 2014

Wonderful series. One of the best TV shows I have ever seen. Right up there with The House of Cards.

susankent May 29, 2014

Fascinating on so many levels, this modern Danish political drama becomes more compelling with each episode. Be forewarned!

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