TV tip: Thriller about whaling: “Trom – Deadly Cliffs” on Arte

TV tip
Thriller about whaling: “Trom – Deadly Cliffs” at Arte

Investigative journalist Hannis (Ulrich Thomsen) is on the trail of an environmental crime in the Faroe Islands.  Photo: Thomas Wildn

Investigative journalist Hannis (Ulrich Thomsen) is on the trail of an environmental crime in the Faroe Islands. photo

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As a filming location for international film and television productions, the Faroe Islands, located remotely in the Atlantic, are a largely undeveloped piece of earth. The six-part series “Trom – Tödliche Cliffs” takes place there and makes you want more.

An environmental activist is taking a stand in the Faroe Islands whaling – of all things, because fishing is considered to be the most important economic sector in the Danish archipelago in the North Atlantic. The young woman makes many enemies. One day she is no longer available.

The series “Trom – Tödliche Cliffs” takes viewers up north to exciting murder investigations in front of a wildly romantic, mist-shrouded landscape. The series can be seen on Arte on two evenings, October 6th and 13th, starting at 8:15 p.m.

When environmental activist Sonja (Helena Heðinsdóttir) disappears, they’re not the only ones looking police and her co-activists after her. Investigative journalist Hannis Martinsson (Ulrich Thomsen) also wants to find the woman. She had just sent him a cell phone video. In it she asks him for advice. Together with her colleague Páll (Dánjal á Neystabø), the activist came across explosive information, then Páll had a mysterious car accident and she herself was threatened. Sonja also tells the journalist that he is her father.

Hannis Martinsson sets off – but before he can even get to know his daughter, he finds her body in the sea. How did Sonya die? Accident, suicide, murder – the police don’t want to rule out anything at first. However: Sonja had been worried about her safety and that of her daughter anyway and had not felt taken seriously by the police. Can Martinsson trust the investigators? He starts researching himself, trying to find out who his daughter messed with.

Commissioner Karla Mohr (Maria Rich), for her part, distrusts the journalist. He now knows more: his daughter had uncovered illegal activities in a fish factory and probably wanted to make them public. Karla Mohr is now making a completely different discovery. A trail leads to her own son Gunnar (Magnus Reinert Gásadal) of all people. Out of concern that it might have something to do with Sonja’s death, the inspector keeps the information to herself. Increasingly, no one knows who to trust anymore.

Director Kasper Barfoed stages the exciting search for Sonja’s murderer, which first becomes more confusing, in which everyone seems to be pursuing different interests and then resolves itself. Nevertheless, the viewers are left with a surprising, open question at the end.

The Danish-German-Icelandic-Faroese co-production, which alternates between the genres of crime and drama, won a special prize from the jury at this summer’s television festival in Monte Carlo and the Golden Nymph for Ulrich Thomsen won the award for best actor.

Arte page for the series


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