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“The question is not where, but when”

The newest sensational German sci-fi thriller-drama series, Dark, has taken foreign films into a new realm of opportunities and invited new audiences.

Netflix’s Dark, created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, is a masterfully filmed series that slowly and grippingly explores the labyrinth of secrets in a deeply troubled town. The series begins when local children in the fictional German town of Winden start disappearing; this brings to light the fractured relationships, double lives, and dark past of four families living there, revealing a mystery that spans three generations, following events from 2019, 1986 and 1953. The shocked townsfolk, already reeled in by a previous child disappearance, are forced to re-live occurrences from the past.The protagonists are Jonas Kahnwald, a teenager struggling to cope with his father's suicide; police officer Ulrich Nielsen, whose brother disappeared 33 years earlier; and police chief Charlotte Doppler who has a strong sense with nature and animals.

The creators of Dark carefully and meticulously draw in their audience with the mise en scene used throughout the narrative. Visually rich and textured, the creators manage to use striking sets, aesthetics and sound to fit into this complicated story. The writers have clearly paid close attention to making sure that the audience can deeply connect with the characters and their inner journeys and sympathise with them, which is particularly astounding when one considers that this series has several protagonists and a complicated narrative. Dark’s cinematographer, Nikolaus Summerer, said in an interview at the Lola Festival: “I think there is a craving in every filmmaker to actually tell stories that are different, that are more gripping, that are not the way TV expects us or wants us to do them”.

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Sci-fi has never looked better in thriller and drama than it ever did when Dark came out in 2017.

Overall, this film series left me shook and ready for Season 2. So, please do yourself a huge favour and watch Dark on Netflix and appreciate the beauty in foreign film, stories and art. There is a lot to learn and a lot to think about when watching this, so don’t be surprised with the amount of information and also lack of information this series will give you.

You can thank me later.