Swedish filmmakers' crime thriller series A Nearly Normal Family (En Helt Vanlig Familj) has unexpectedly topped the viewing charts on Netflix. Director Per Hanefjord's new drama details the aftermath of sexual abuse and the containment of emotions, presenting a gripping journey of twists and turns that viewers can't look away from.
The plot is based on the novel of the same name by M.T. Edvardsson and follows the Sandell family, consisting of Adam, a priest, Ulrika, a lawyer, and their 19-year-old daughter Stella. They live a relatively standard life in a quiet Swedish suburb, until one day this perfect dynamic is disrupted by Stella ending up in a police station on suspicion of murder.
The TV show has scored 86% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. "Thrilling. I watched the whole show in one breath because I couldn't wait to find out what happens next," one user wrote. "Well crafted script telling the story combined with flashbacks and real time events. It keeps you hooked," another added. Many Netflix subscribers noted that the project explores important topics that need to be talked about more often. "Not only does it give you a panorama of the dangers for modern day girls, but it also brings up issues facing the justice system everywhere in the world," one viewer noted.