“No one needs to know.” This statement by a key character underpins the story of TWIN, the highly-anticipated Norwegian series co-created by and starring Kristofer Hivju.
Set in the picturesque archipelago of Lofoten, Norway, TWIN is a suspense-filled, character-driven drama starring Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones, Beck) as twin brothers Erik and Adam.
In the series opener, a flashback introduces us to Erik and Adam, who together open a surfing business in their youth. Fast forward to the present day when Erik, an older and still free-spirited but broke surfer dude, is left homeless when his camper is repossessed.
Erik hasn’t seen his twin in fifteen years, but his current situation forces him to seek out Adam for help. Since their estrangement, Adam has become a successful (and rather uptight) family man and businessman, who runs a shop and cabin rentals for tourists on one of the Lofoten Islands with his wife, Ingrid (Rebekka Nystabakk, Home for Christmas).
Theirs is not a happy reunion. Erik isn’t welcome at Adam’s, but the desperation that compels him to stay also leads to a scuffle between the brothers — one that ends when Ingrid tries to break up the fight and inadvertently kills her husband.
It is a case of mistaken identity after the police find the body and believe Erik is the deceased. So Ingrid devises a plan that will save her and Erik from getting arrested for murder, keep herself and her children together, and give him a fresh start, as it were. All Erik needs to do is assume Adam’s identity until the police inquiry is completed and the case is closed.
It’s much harder than it sounds, as Erik is steeped in the stress of pretending to be his twin, of maintaining this charade with Adam’s family, friends and business associates, and of being paranoid about being found out. The ruse isn’t easy for Ingrid, either.
Then suspicions are aroused… and truths get revealed…
Hivju and Nystabakk give riveting performances in TWIN, wherein each can convey a swirl of thoughts and emotions with a single facial expression. And the narrative flows like the tide — in with characters living life in all its messiness and loveliness, out with backstories that offer ah-ha moments.
Co-created by Hivju with his longtime friend, Kristoffer Metcalfe (This Is the World), the series’ lead writer and co-director, the eight-part drama features Nanna Blondell (Hassel), Ellen Birgitte Winther (Mammon), Kingsford Siayor (Trapped), John Sigurd Kristensen (Monster), and newcomers Mathilde Holtedahl Cuhra and Gunnar Eiriksson.
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