A gripping modern war thriller about a Norwegian solider who returns home from Afghanistan but cannot leave the conflict behind. How far should you go in the name of peace? Special Forces Lieutenant Erling Riiser (Aksel Hennie) returns home exhausted to his family in Norway after his tour of duty in Afghanistan. The day after he returns, Riiser receives a text message from a senior officer with an apparent tip-off telling him a woman's life is in danger, and he is ordered to kill an Afghan man who has taken her hostage. After rescuing the woman, he soon finds out his superior did not send the message. Riiser must find out who sent the orders, and why he is being used as their hitman. Unable to trust anyone, Riiser finds himself in the middle of a complex political killing game. With flashbacks to the war interwoven throughout, 'Nobel' places a dramatic conspiracy plot at the centre of the rarely-told story of Norway's involvement in Afghanistan.
One of the most convincing films/series about the complications of the war in Afghanistan. Focussing on a Norwegian special forces unit, the episodes set in the war zone were tense and realistic, but did not overplay the violent action. Most of the series, however, dealt with the political ramifications and complications of the actions of the unit, whose actions were aimed at carrying out political initiatives. At the personal level leading members of the unit had to engage with their different challenges after their return to Norway. The acting was absolutely superb and the conflicting emotions off all were subtly expressed.
Three episodes in. Lots of sympathetic characters and tension. Obviously seen heavily from the western viewpoint with not much development of the Afghan characters (so far). I can't wait to follow the series to its conclusion. On form Nordic Noir.
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