TV review – CLOSE TO ME (2021)

CLOSE TO ME (TV) (2021, UK/Sweden/Mexico, Colour, 6 x 45-48m) **
Dopamine / Nordic Entertainment Group / The Development Partnership
Drama
Exec pr. Gina Carter, Dave Clarke, Ed Clarke, Josephine Genetay, Connie Nielsen, Robert Taylor; pr. Alison Sterling; d. Michael Samuels: w. Angela Pell (based on the novel by Amanda Reynolds); ph. Sergio Delgado; ed. Tania Reddin.
Cast: Connie Nielsen (Jo Harding), Christopher Eccleston (Rob Harding), Susan Lynch (Cathy), Leanne Best (Anna), Tom Taylor (Finn), Nick Blood (Thomas), Rosy McEwen (Sash Harding), Henning Jensen (Frederik), Ray Fearon (Nick), Lorraine Burroughs (Helen), Mads Madsen (Young Frederik), Jamie Flatters (Owen), Kate O’Flynn (Rose), Zoe Croft (Ella), Emilia Lazenby (Young Jo (Age 7)), Sidsel Rostrup (Susanne), Rosa Niemann (Young Jo), Ellie Haddington (Wendy), Joe Tucker (Jerry), Sandra Huggett (Michelle).
Angst-ridden and overlong drama in which Nielsen plays a woman who has a perfect life with her partner until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life was in fact far from perfect. It is difficult to invest in or care about such self-consumed characters, despite the valiant efforts of Nielsen and Eccleston in particular. The plot is initially intriguing but soon wears thin as it becomes stretched over six episodes – repeating scenes ad-infinitum as Nielsen tries to find and join the missing pieces of her life together. Brooding dialogue and moody long shots of barren landscapes echo the Scandinavian noir this series aspires to be. The main problem is with the script (or the source material), which requires you to go along with an increasingly manufactured premise. The result is a drama as soulless as the house the couple occupy.