The small town Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees surrounding it. The local hero and former hockey star Peter comes home to Beartown to build the junior team and secure the town’s future. Carrying the entire town’s hopes on their shoulders is a heavy burden for Beartown’s boys. When the team’s young star is accused of a horrible act, it leaves the town in chaos, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, the courage it takes for an individual to go against the group and the consequences of how we raise our children.
The series is directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson.
“Brilliant Swedish series. /…/ A captivating story. /…/ From the first scene where someone is chased through the forest in heavy snow with a rifle, the tone is set in the series, and you realize that it is about more than just ice hockey. And that nerve and tension remains until the very end.”
“From humanistic sports drama about unfavored fighters in a small community in line with American Friday Night Lights and Norwegian Home Ground, with an added dark, cold and alluring Nordic noir atmosphere to a suspenseful assault drama. It is extremely effective.”
“The best Swedish series right now. /… / So well acted and engaging that you can feel the ice burn in your cheeks.”
“Beartown is a home run. Hallelujah! HBO Nordics’ Beartown, based on Fredrik Backman’s novel, is unquestionably the best Swedish TV series of the year so far. /…/ The result is outstanding. A Swedish production that is strong, heavy and beautiful like a bear, with high quality in every aspect and a tight hold of the viewer from start to finish. /…/ An immersive, close-to-perfect depiction of macho culture, peer pressure and the double-edged small-town mentality that can be both cohesive and destructive. ”
“Chilling drama from start to finish. The grand scale production Beartown is a well-made series about ice hockey and destructive masculinity.”
“Chilling drama from start to finish. In an expensive and well-acted film adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s Beartown, toxic masculinity and ice hockey culture is depicted with sharp precision. /…/ [An] icy thriller. The series is sumptuous and well-acted and its true grace is that it feels realistic and elevated at once. Whilst you unequivocally sense the odor in the junior team’s locker room, there is also a clear fictional framework for the story. /…/ It creates a rewarding suspense that perdures as the diabolic web that the script writers have woven around the ill-equipped Peter is slowly tightened.”
One of this year’s best Swedish TV experiences. /…/ With Beartown, Peter Grönlund and the screenwriters Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson succeed in crafting a moral story that never runs out of steam. /…/ Big parts of the series feel like highly credible pieces cut from reality.
“Engaging and sparks emotions.”
“A dazzlingly beautiful, melancholic drama about a girl, a boy and a society that is complex, yet clear. A story about how adults’ expectations and assertedgood intentions can lay the basis for something horrific.”
“Lives up to the expectations and a little more. /… / An awfully well-made series. /… / The fifty minutes long episodes feel authentic straight through. /… / One of the best Swedish series of the year and the most interesting I have watched in a long time.”
“A series with absolute pitch for authenticity.”
- Anders Weidemann