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Erlend Loe's "Muleum" has become a Danish HBO . series

Erlend Loe’s “Muleum” has become a Danish HBO . series

Starring Mary Ruther is as phenomenal as the mournful Julie.

Already at the opening, we meet a completely different Jolie (Mary Rother, “Badehotellet”), who, having crashed into a small plane in the desert, cut off all her hair, tattooed her face, is ready to die.
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New HBOThe Danish series is adapted from the novel “Mulium” by director Erlind Law, and depicts in a painful and funny way a young girl’s escape from grief.

Julie (Mary Rother, “Badehotellet”) is a wealthy, privileged, and happy teenager. Planning a party, at home alone in the family’s villa, when she receives a message from her father: “We’re crashing. I love you. Do whatever you want.” Jolie’s father, mother and older brother died in a plane crash somewhere in Africa.

The series’ sad, basic tone reminds us that everything is just an escape from Julie’s sad, unfamiliar reality.
Before the plane crash that took the lives of Jolie’s family, she was a rich, privileged, and happy teenager.

Julie left Alone with lots of money, but no family or obvious reason to live. In the big house, only she and Polish Krzysztof (Alexander Kuznetsov) are tiling the new swimming pool.

The series is very close to the book, but it made an impact on the chassis. We follow Julie on several schedules. Already at the opening we meet a completely different Jolie, after a small plane crashes in the desert, she cut off all her hair, tattooed her face, and is ready to die. Through a video camera, she assures her friends and survivors that this is what she purposely wanted.

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Mary Ruther is exceptional in the lead role, and no matter what situation Julie is in, she makes her grief shine through.

Then we follow Julie From the time she receives the letter from her father, until she herself ends up in a wreck. Jolie herself is exposed to a number of dangerous situations, which lead to strange encounters with, among other things, a Korean ski jumper, a Mexican rapper, and Jolie’s Norwegian ego Solfrid.

The ride takes many really frugal turns and turns, reminiscent of author Erlend Loe, and works well in serial form. The series comically jumps between several schedules, and also contains some animated sequences, both drawn and with puppets in a stop motion, and several dream and hallucinatory scenes.

Jolie exposes herself to a number of dangerous situations, which lead to bizarre encounters with, among other things, a Korean ski jumper, a Mexican rapper, and Jolie’s Norwegian ego Solfrid.

Yet he did not forget Serious and sad jolly sadness. Mary Ruther is exceptional in the lead role, and no matter what situation Julie is in, she makes her grief shine through. The somber underlying tone reminds us that everything is just an escape from Jolie’s sad, unfamiliar reality.

Throughout the series, Jolie’s reflections are drawn as voiceover. It doesn’t always seem natural, especially when it comes to including facts and statistics, rather than logical reasoning. In a flashback to life before the family breakdown, we also get to know Julie’s father and brother better, and her relationship with them. So, I wonder why we also don’t get to know a little bit about her mother, except that Julie misses the caress in her hair.

That we know roughly where Julie ends up also means that some dramatic scenes lose the suspense.

who we know The place where Jolie ends also causes some dramatic scenes to lose suspense. We know Jolie goes through it fairly well. But aside from some of those speed bumps on the road, Jolie’s journey is entertaining, poignant, and thought-provoking to be a part of.

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