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Borgen: Season 2 (2013)

Sidse Babett Knudsen , Birgitte Hjort Sørensen , Jannik Johansen , Jesper W. Nielsen  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Pilou Asbaek, Mikael Birkkjaer, Benedikte Hansen
  • Directors: Jannik Johansen, Jesper W. Nielsen, Louise Friedberg, Mikkel Norgaard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

(In Danish with English Subtitles)
In this second season of Denmark's blockbuster political drama, BORGEN, we continue to follow the country's first female Prime Minister, Birgitte Nyborg, her cynical spin doctor, Kasper Juul, the ambitious journalist, Katrine Fønsmark and her more seasoned colleague, Hanne Holm. Birgitte has been Denmark's Prime Minister for two years - years that have taken their toll on her private life. She must now balance her role as PM with that of divorced single mother of two. Politically, she has succeeded in earning the respect of her allies and enemies in Parliament, but tensions between parties are growing. Denmark's participation in international wars as well as certain central domestic policy issues are fracturing coalitions in parliament, and forcing Birgitte to make increasingly questionable compromises. The mounting pressure causes her to doubt whether she can maintain both her position and her integrity. A castle (borgen) imprisons and excludes; it also protects. Borgen is the story of a castle that houses parliament, a self-contained universe with its own laws and unwritten rules.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than The West Wing July 16, 2013
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We never buy movies or TV, except maybe to stream Mad Men or Justified when they become available. This series has been touted all over, and it lives up to the hype. We bought the first series, watched it and sold it through Amazon. Bought this as soon as it became available, and will buy Season Three as well. Wish they were available streaming, but...

This continues the saga of the first female prime minister of Denmark, her "spin doctor" and his on-again/off-again journalist girlfriend. Every one of the main characters is complex, flawed, yet appealing. Plots derive from the characters, rather than melodramatically being imposed, for the most part,although the high-stakes politics seems very real.

Top notch TV!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Borgen November 8, 2013
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The whole story line refreshing keeps you interested and waiting for the next episode all without the explicit sex, profanity and violence so common in American film and TV the reason why I don't go to our movies or watch TV. The actors are natural looking like normal people not the copies of Barbie and Ken molded with silicone by plastic surgeons we see in the American film industry.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling October 3, 2013
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This series is an exploration in leadership, political infighting, family dynamics, and the continuous development of the symbiotic relationship between the intrusive media and the politicians who try to manipulate them for their own purposes. The constant conflict between principles and expediency is presented on many levels and across the relationships between key roles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Note: This review contains spoilers. I'm halfway through Season 2, watching on PBS, and I'm hooked. I find BORGEN the perfect balance of the interpersonal and the political, public and private. I can't think of another show that more deftly illustrates the impact of political discourse on people's lives, and vice-versa, and it does so every week in a way that consistently delivers a POWERFUL punch both intellectually and emotionally. The camerawork is phenomenal, so intimate, pulls you right in. [UPDATE- the season got better and better, culminating with cliffhangers both personal and political, OUTSTANDING.]

I love the subtitles, obviously done by non-Native English speakers, e.g., "Hey- those are just the perps that come with the job..." [percs], "you need the pressure of the right people" [support], "so" substituted for "but", compassionate for sympathetic, etc., just slightly off, charming. As with British shows (such as the Irish crime-drama SINGLE-HANDED, another new favorite, link below, available with Prime), Danish TV doesn't censor obscenities, interesting to hear four letter expletives in Danish. It's often obvious what's being said from the inflection, even through they're blanked out in the subtitles for American TV.

Single-Handed- Season 1 Natural Justice

Another aspect I find intriguing is the depiction of government on a much smaller scale. One soldier killed in Afghanistan produces a national outcry. In one episode the prime minister's kids were upset with her for not cooking dinner. Birgitte washes her own dishes, tries to unstop the kitchen sink, and cleans the house, but also flies to Africa to broker peace talks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended series! September 30, 2013
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This is a great series. Read the other reviews for details - agreed on all points. Highly recommended. Very addictive, as long as you don't mind subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious political drama September 24, 2013
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I wish that we had in the USA something this serious and well done about politics.But then nothing serious may come out of our politicas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Television September 23, 2013
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What a great series Borgen is. All the main characters are well developed and it is so nice to see something from another part of the world.
Even if you are not mad about politics this is superior entertainment by any standards. It gives a great insight into political life in Denmark which is so different to our own. It also gives us an understanding of the price politicians pay in regards to their family particularly the Prime Minister, superbly portrayed by Sidse Babett Knudsen.

If you want to see her in something else look at After The Wedding with Mads Mikelson.

Thoroughly recommended to people who like intelligent viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series August 15, 2013
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I am ready to order season 3 as soon as it is available. Great writing great acting. Addictive for anyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love this series!!!!!!
Acting is excellent!
Excellent character development!!!!!
Published 7 days ago by Linda Marcotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot recommend highly enough!
You must see Season 1 to really appreciate this series. Birgitte Nyborg is the politician we all wish we could vote for. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better tv dramas
Love the character development and evolving plot threads. Season 2 tops season 1, and now I'm looking forward to season 3. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Avid Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant danish delight!
I was able to watch this while in the UK, having seen the first season, too.
My friend is Danish and I bought the dvd for her, knowing she had the first one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by missy h.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good series
After hearing about this show for so long I decided it was time to watch. It does not take long to understand the Danish Political System, and is interesting to see how precarious... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. SUMMERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great foreign series.
Loved this series. Can't recommend it enough. If you like political drama than this the show for you. Wonderful plot.
Published 1 month ago by Mary P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Political Drama
This is an intelligent, thoughtful, and down to earth portrayal of the workings of a countries government. One of the best of any kind I have ever watched.
Published 1 month ago by cjmbookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Danish hit!
I never buy DVDs, but after watching Season 1 at a friend's I had to have the rest of this excellent Danish series. Great acting, beautiful settings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
Maybe the best political series ever; the lead actress is an astonishment. The writing and acting is superb. Bravo Borgen.
Published 2 months ago by Grawells
5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance!
Season 1 of BORGEN was a revelation. Beautifully written, flawlessly acted, it cried out for more. How on earth could Season 2 be as good? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jon Wynne
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