The proliferation of foreign-language crime drama is widespread these days – it seems not a day goes by without a new series starting on either Walter Presents, Channel 4 or the BBC. And, in this case, Netflix. The global, streaming behemoth springs these little surprises on us from time to time, and Bordertown is one such surprise. A Finnish drama, I wondered when it would make its way to these shores. Finally, the day is here.
Bordertown is an 11-part series, which tells the story of Detective Inspector Kari Sorjonen, who is one of the most respected officers at the National Bureau of Investigation in Finland. When his wife barely survives brain cancer, Sorjonen decides to take his family to an idyllic small town near the border of Russia, to live a quiet peaceful life. Lappeenranta is an area of Finland called Karelia, which was hotly contested during the Winter War of 1939, when the Russians came steaming in. There’s a lot of simmering, historical bad blood in this region, still.
Anyway… the fact that this is a crime drama means that Sarjonen does not get the quiet life he was looking for. The crimes Sorjonen is now thrust into the middle of in this idyllic border region have a greater emotional and personal impact than anything he has encountered before. The related threats soon turn up on Kari’s doorstep.
It stars Ville Virtanen, Matleena Kuusniemi, Olivia Ainali, Anu Sinisalo and Lenita Susi.
Here’s a Finnish-language trailer, which at least gives us a flavour:
Bordertown: 31st March, Netflix