Clark Olofsson has been possibly the most charismatic criminal, womanizer and irredeemable that records history. A six-episode miniseries tells his story: a terrifying childhood and a lifetime dedicated to crime.
Bill Skarsgård es Clarka handsome young man, obsessed with women -apparently all women-, who cultivates the art of robbery, hit and run, since he is frequently imprisoned, but as he proudly states, he has escaped 17 times from prison.
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His specialty is bank robbery, which he has carried out with amazing frequency and with all kinds of weapons: from a bottle of soda hidden in the pocket of his jacket as if was a revolver, even a rifle with which he settles in the bank manager’s office.
The robbery that brought him to fame was the bank robbery of Sveriges Kreditbanken that, according to some chronicles, he started with his partner Jan-Erik Olsson. In the miniseries version planned by Olssonwho was holding several hostages and, as part of the conditions for their release, he demanded the presence of his friend Clark, his inspirer.
The truth is that the episode, which lasted six days and kept the country in suspense, including the Primer Minister Olof Palme, changed radically with the arrival of Clark. His carefree cheerfulness and his powerful seductiveness made the hostages establish a very strong bond with him. So much so that when they were released it was the hostages themselves who defended Clark to the police because he had been nice to them.
This incident suggested to the psychiatrist Nils Bejerot the denomination of “Stockholm syndrome” applied to this day to define the victim of a kidnapping that develops an emotional bond with his kidnapper.
The story is exciting, although the series itself is somewhat exhausting at times and falls into the classic resource of showing the police as ineffective, if not downright silly. The miniseries, a creation of Jonas Âkerlunda director with a solid career in videos, is made with a violent and fast rhythm, which mix pop with black and whitesoft or hyperreal color, feverish editing, raw areas, abundant eroticism and long, sometimes very long, romantic scenes.
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Almost immediately, after its premiere, Clark became one of Netflix’s most watched series.