Love & Anarchy (TV series)

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Love & Anarchy
GenreRomantic comedy
Created byLisa Langseth
Starring
Composers
  • Kristian Selin Lidnes Andersen
  • Adam Nordén
Country of originSweden
Original languageSwedish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Frida Asp
  • Pontus Edgren
  • Martina Håkansson
ProducerFatima Varhos
CinematographyUlf Bråntos
Editors
  • Henrik Källberg
  • Elin Pröjts
Running time25–33 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Love & Anarchy (Swedish: Kärlek och anarki) is a Swedish romantic comedy web series.[1] It is Netflix's second Swedish-language series, following Quicksand. It is produced by the same company, FLX. The series was created by Lisa Langseth, who also serves as head writer together with Alex Haridi.[2] It was released on November 4, 2020.

Premise[edit]

Sofie is an ambitious consultant and married mother of two children. When Sofie receives the order to restructure an old-established publishing house, her extremely orderly life begins to fall apart at the seams. She meets the young IT expert Max and begins an unexpected and daring flirtation with him. In the process, both challenge each other to do things that contradict established social norms. The harmless games soon turn into bitter seriousness as the challenges and the resulting consequences become bigger and more uncontrollable.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"How It All Began"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)

Sofie is a successful married mother of two starting a six month consultancy helping indie publishing press Lund & Lagerstedt turn digital in order to survive. At work she is frustrated multiple times by Max, the young IT consultant whose noisy drilling interrupts her day. Sofie tells Max to drill off-hours and so he comes in late at night to finish his work, inadvertently catching Sofie masturbating at her desk and taking a picture of Sophie in the act. The next day he shows her the picture and teases her by loudly drilling near her office. After Sofie offers Max money to delete the photo he surprises her by asking her to simply buy him lunch. After allowing her to verify that the photo is gone Sofie steals Max's phone saying she will only return it in exchange for Max doing something fucked up at work.

As the press becomes embroiled in a scandal involving one of their authors going public about being sexually harassed by another one of their authors, Max defuses the situation by posting a "clit pic" to the press's Instagram account and claiming they were hacked by haters of free speech. Sofie returns Max's phone and then gives him her favourite lipstick, asking him to tell her what to do in order to get it back.
2"Surprise Me"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)

Sofie learns that the press is on the line for a multi-million dollar advance to actress Lena Endre. Hoping for a gossipy confessional about her romance with director Ingmar Bergman they are surprised to find the end product poorly written dreck and that Endre's relationship with Bergman was purely professional.

At work Max challenged Sofie to yell at someone who is not him. When her attempts go awry she finally succeeds in yelling at a man who bumps into her on the street and later discovers the man was Endre's agent and because of the kerfuffle the press is now releasing Endre's memoir unedited.

Sofie attends an event with her husband, a successful commercial director, but after some networking makes him feel old and over the hill he mocks Sofie in front of their friends by bringing up her long abandoned writing ambitions, including the novel she wrote Love & Anarchy. To comfort herself she reaches out to Max and asks him to create a little anarchy during their meeting the following morning.
3"StreamUs"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)

The press deals with the details of The Train an award winning novel they published which is being turned into a movie to be aired on StreamUs. Tired of watching the movie, Friedrich signs off on the final version of the film without seeing it only to discover the ending has been drastically changed. Unable to change it, Friedrich finds himself unable to tell the author the truth.

At work, with Ronny gone for the day, Sofie orders Max to act like the CEO. When he completes the dare he challenges Sofie to dress up like her favourite singer, Cyndi Lauper, for the day.
4"Permanent Employment"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)

After learning that Ronny has sold his company to StreamUs and that he intends to implement a hiring freeze Sofie challenges Max to become permanently employed by the company. After being shot down by Ronny, Max complains to his roommate who employs a harebrained scheme to get Ronny to change his mind.

When Max succeeds he kisses Sofie and then challenges her to walk backwards for the rest of the day, which she does at work and the continues to do at home, much to her husband's displeasure.
5"The Book Fair"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)
At an important book fair, Sofie and Max can't stop daring each other from increasingly risky activities. When Sofie orders Max to liven up a luncheon he spikes the deserts with pot which cause Friedrich and Denise to get high and botch their presentation on the merger between Lund & Lagerstedt and StreamUs.
6"Regrets"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)

After having sex at the book fair, Sofie tries to avoid Max. When he turns up at her home they are interrupted by her husband. Sofie later apologizes and the two reconcile, eventually having sex in Max's crowded apartment.

Sofie tries to play the good wife and mother at home, but her daughter's birthday is interrupted by her father's ravings, causing a disaster for the entire family.

Meanwhile the press tries to get past the disaster at the book fair by throwing one of their author's under the bus and provoking his ex-wife (Lisa Langseth), now a reviewer, into writing a scathing review of his new book.
7"Ayahuasca"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)

Rattled by her father's stint in a psych ward Sofie focuses on protecting her daughter Isabell who is overcome with grief. When her husband makes fun of Sofie for using a metaphor from her abandoned novel to comfort Isabell, she decides to go behind his back and allow Isabell to see her father.

Meanwhile Max heads home for his stepfather's birthday after being challenged by Sofie to return home and stand up to his domineering and controlling mother.
8"The Present, Eternity and the Action Plan"Lisa LangsethLisa LangsethNovember 4, 2020 (2020-11-04)

After finding out that Sofie brought their daughter to visit her father in the psych ward her husband makes vague threats about her mental health which cause Sofie to quit her job and accept his suggestion that they move to London for a year. She abruptly breaks up with Max at work telling him that they were only playing a game.

When her husband makes allusions to medicating her while at a spa Sofie runs away and returns to the press in time to torpedo their presentation for StreamUs.

Cast[edit]

  • Ida Engvoll as Sofie, a successful consultant and married mother of two
  • Björn Mosten as Max,[3] the IT temp at Lund & Lagerstedt
  • Johannes Bah Kuhnke as Johan, Sofie's controlling and manipulative husband, a successful commercial director
  • Björn Kjellman as Ronny, the weak-willed CEO of Lund & Lagerstedt
  • Reine Brynolfsson as Friedrich
  • Gizem Erdogan as Denise
  • Carla Sehn as Caroline, the receptionist at Lund & Lagerstedt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FROM THE PRODUCERS OF QUICKSAND COMES LOVE & ANARCHY - A NEW NETFLIX ORIGINAL FROM SWEDEN" (Press release).
  2. ^ Mitchell, Robert (August 29, 2019). "Netflix Commissions Second Swedish Original From 'Quicksand' Producers". Variety.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Molli (2020-11-04). "Love and Anarchy cast: Who is in the cast of Love and Anarchy?". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-11-04.

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