Quicksand (TV series)
|Also known as||Störst av allt|
(Störst av allt)
by Malin Persson Giolito
|Written by||Camilla Ahlgren|
|Composer(s)||Kristian Eidnes Andersen|
|Country of origin||Sweden|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–49 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||5 April 2019 –|
Quicksand (Swedish: Störst av allt) is a Swedish crime drama web television series, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Malin Persson Giolito. The first season, consisting of six episodes, was released on 5 April 2019 on Netflix. The series stars Hanna Ardéhn, Felix Sandman, William Spetz, Ella Rappich, David Dencik, Reuben Sallmander, Maria Sundbom, Rebecka Hemse, Arvid Sand, Helena af Sandeberg and Anna Björk.
The series was commissioned in 2017 following the immense popularity of Giolito's novel.
A school shooting takes place at Djursholm senior high school. At the age of 18, Maja Norberg is arrested and suspected of murder. The protagonist admits the murder at an early stage but denies the crime – the trial is rather about why the murder was committed than whether it was committed.
Like in the novel, the story is told from the main character's perspective, with events flashing back and forth between the present day and her memories of events that led up to the shooting. The six-episode series answers the main question concerning the extent of her complicity: As the only student left alive after the shooting, did she conspire with her boyfriend who planned the attack or is she an innocent bystander? Fagerman, himself, dies in the shooting leaving Maja as the sole focus of international media attention.
Quicksand is not based on a real-life event but the story was written to reflect real-life class inequalities, which its creators saw in Sweden.
- Hanna Ardéhn as Maja Norberg
- Felix Sandman as Sebastian Fagerman
- William Spetz as Samir Said
- Ella Rappich as Amanda Steen
- David Dencik as Peder Sander
- Reuben Sallmander as Claes Fagerman
- Maria Sundbom as Lena Pärsson
- Rebecka Hemse as Jeanette Nilsson
- Arvid Sand as Lars-Gabriel Labbe Sager-Crona
- Helena af Sandeberg as Mimmi Steen
- Anna Björk as Camilla Norberg
- Iris Herngren as Lina Norberg
- Kalled Mustonen as Kalle
- Marall Nasiri as Susse Zanjani
- Christopher Wollter as Erik Norberg
- Jeanette Holmgren as Mags
- Evin Ahmad as Evin Orak
- Alva Bratt as Mela
- Louise Edlind as Majlis
- Astrid Plynning as Sofie
- Suheib Saleh as Dennis
- Sebastian Sporsén as Per Jonsson
- Shanti Roney as Christer
- Moa Lindström as classmate, funeral visitor and club visitor.
- Tom Boustedt as classmate
- Savannah Hanneryd as club visitor
- Ray Nordin as club visitor
- Can be translated from Swedish Wikipedia.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"Maja"||Per-Olav Sørensen||Camilla Ahlgren||5 April 2019|
|After a school shooting, Maja Norberg, 18, is arrested by the authorities as a prime suspect and accomplice of a crime (murder, attempted murder and murder accomplice) that was committed in a classroom. She meets her lawyer Peder Sander and recounts the story of the events that led to the school shooting, starting from the very beginning when she first encountered her ex-boyfriend, Sebastian Fagerman. In a flashback, scenes depict Maja and Sebastian spending the previous summer together on a luxurious ship in France, owned by Sebastian's father, Claes Fagerman. Sebastian talks to Maja about the background of his family. In the present, Maja conducts her first interrogation in the district court, where she can explain in her own words what murder is like. A detention hearing is held in which Maja is declared arrested with full restrictions.|
|2||"Custody"||Per-Olav Sørensen||Camilla Ahlgren and Veronica Zacco||5 April 2019|
|3||"The Funeral"||Per-Olav Sørensen||Camilla Ahlgren and Alex Haridi||5 April 2019|
|4||"The Reconstruction"||Lisa Farzaneh||Camilla Ahlgren and Alex Haridi||5 April 2019|
|5||"The Trial"||Per-Olav Sørensen||Camilla Ahlgren and Veronica Zacco||5 April 2019|
|6||"The Witnesses"||Per-Olav Sørensen||Camilla Ahlgren||5 April 2019|
On 7 September 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season. The series is created by Pontus Edgren and Martina Håkansson who are both credited as executive producers. In March 2019, it was confirmed that the series would premiere on 5 April 2019.
In July 2018, it was announced that Hanna Ardéhn, William Spetz, Felix Sandman, David Dencik, Reuben Sallmander, Anna Björk, Christopher Wollter, Evin Ahmad, Maria Sundbom, Rebecka Hemse, Helena af Sandberg, Shanti Roney and Ella Rappich had been cast in the series.
In a review of the premiere episode, Joel Keller from Decider described Quicksand as a "pretty standard crime drama, albeit one that's pretty well-written."
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