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French? Swedish? We suggest all 3 new DVD sets with side food

Police Captain Laure Berthaud brilliantly played by Caroline Proust, in Spiral
Police Captain Laure Berthaud brilliantly played by Caroline Proust, in Spiral
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Unless I am watching reruns of The Golden Girls and/or I Love Lucy, I feel like I should be relishing petit-déjeuner then pay yet another visit to la tour Eiffel.
Since I cannot afford a stale croissant or plane fare, I am holding out for a hearty meal, delivered by MHz Home Entertainment. (They always toss in a bag of those chewy Swedish fish–red, not multi-color, please–for dessert.)
And so, on February 25, I gorge on best of international TV drama, DVD releases in the MHz International Mystery Collection from France and Sweden.

Spiral (in French with English subtitles)
At the beginning of the third season of this gritty French police thriller, the mutilated body of a young woman is found on an abandoned railway track. Police Captain Laure Berthaud (brilliantly played by Caroline Proust) sees the case as an opportunity to restore a tarnished reputation and leads her squad on the hunt for what she believes to be a deranged serial killer. Meanwhile, Judge Roban investigates a bribery scandal involving a prominent political figure.

Braquo (in French with English subtitles)
Braquo is the internationally acclaimed, hard-hitting thriller about a squad of Paris cops who exist in the blurred boundaries at the edge of the law, using violence and intimidation to get the job done. The lives of these officers change radically when their squad leader is falsely accused of corruption and commits suicide. Determined to clear his name, they start an investigation of their own, only to find that the police department itself stands in their way. Driven by adrenaline and a thirst for justice, they have to turn their backs on the laws they’ve sworn to enforce, if they are to uncover the truth. Facing constant danger from all sides–and with the two most likely outcomes being imprisonment or death–the stakes couldn’t be higher.
In this second season of Braquo, it’s the end of the line for rogue cops Caplan, Morlighem, Delgado and Vachewski. To protect his team, Caplan makes a deal with the authorities. He assumes full responsibility and is sent to prison. Morlighem and Delgado are reassigned with junior positions, while Vachewski is kicked off the force. But he soon finds himself at the center of an undercover operation being run by several different police departments. Escaping from prison, he’s on the run from a killer. His former teammates are there to help him out, but this time both cops and criminals are shooting to kill.

Crimes of Passion (in Swedish with English subtitles)
Based on the classic crime novels by Maria Lang and featuring Ola Rapace from Skyfall and the Swedish series, Wallander, Crimes of Passion is a collection of stylish "whodunnits" set in postwar Sweden. The stories follow the exploits of the brainy and beautiful literature student Puck; wherever she goes, mystery and murder are never far behind. Together with fellow academic Eje and police chief Christer, they witness the passions, betrayals and intrigue in the lives of respectable and seemingly quiet-living Swedes. Crimes of Passion was filmed in the beautiful region of Bergslagen in south central Sweden. It’s far north, but there’s nothing chilly about these folks, given their secret lives and steamy affairs.

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