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Love & Anarchy Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: Lisa Langseth
Stars: Ida Engvoll, Björn Mosten, Carla Sehn
Opening Shot: As a woman works on her laptop, her husband calls from the kitchen that he’s added some things to their shared calendar.
The Gist: Sofie Rydman (Ida Engvoll) is a married mother of two who is an ambitious consultant. She’s starting a new job at an old-school publishing house that finally wants to join the 21st century and create a robust digital operation. One thing that Sofie likes to do is masturbate to porn on her phone, almost delighting in the fact that she could be discovered at any moment.
On her first day at work, she meets crusty creative director Friedrich Jägerstedt (Reine Brynolfsson) and the more forward-thinking Denise Konar (Gizem Erdogan). They read all the manuscripts, and they’re currently arguing over a hot young author that Denise wants to publish. While she’s trying to work, Sofie has a run-in with Max Järvi (Björn Mosten), the young IT intern, who is drilling through the walls. She has the same run-in the next day and advises he should work when people aren’t there.
Late that night, when she thinks she’s alone, Sofie practices some self love in her office. Right then, Max comes into the office sees Sofie doing her business and takes a picture. When he tells her about it the next day and shows her the picture, he tells her that he wants her to do something for him. It turns out that he just wants her to take him to Burger King for lunch. She does so, and starts to find herself attracted to the young dude. After he deletes the picture (and he tells her to delete it from “recently deleted), she takes the phone and dares him to do something outlandish in order to get it back.
After the young female author accuses the publishing house’s biggest moneymaking author of sending a dick pic, all of a sudden a picture of a woman’s privates show up on the company’s Instagram. When everyone goes to Max to find out what happened, he says it’s “hackers,” but Sofie knows better, and is quite impressed. And so the game begins.
Our Take: Love & Anarchy (Original title: Karlek & Anarki), created by Lisa Langseth, is an odd bird, for sure. We get what Langseth is going for here; Sofia and Max continue to challenge each other in a seemingly hands-off flirtation (at least at first), which feeds into what each other needs out of their lives at that point. We do see Sofia having problems with her conspiracy-theory-spewing father (Lars Väringer), so there are some clues as to why Sofia needs to shake herself out of her busy but inevitably boring family life.
What do we know about Max? He tends to connect more with older women than women her own age. How do we know that? There’s a short scene where Max is at a bar with a friend and an older redhead looks his way. Next thing you know, they’re in bed and en fuego. So that’s what we know about Max, beyond the fact that he really doesn’t love working at the publishing house.
But we don’t know any more about either Sofia or Max more than that, and that’s a problem. Perhaps we’ll get to know them more over the season’s 8 episodes, but after the first 35 minute episode, all we know is that for some reason Sofia is attracted to Max and she likes the danger of this flirtation.
Maybe we would have gotten some deeper characterizations if there wasn’t as much of a concentration on the workplace aspect of the series. We find it hard to believe that such an office exists in 2020; it’s a publishing house that has no digital footprint and whose social media coordinator has struggled to get their Instagram 5,000 followers.
This feels like it would have been a plot from a workplace comedy a decade ago, or even maybe back in the mid-’00s. These days, a publisher without a digital footprint would be hopelessly behind. So we spend a lot of time seeing the people in the office argue with each other, and Sofia making suggestions about using 21st century tools to read manuscripts and/or taking sides. We would have been better served getting to know Max more and finding out more about why Sofia is so bored with what seems to be a happy family life. Otherwise, the flirtation comes out of nowhere and leaves us a bit cold.