Love & Anarchy (TV series)

Love & Anarchy (Swedish: Kärlek och anarki) is a Swedish romantic comedy television 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 served as the head writer, together with Alex Haridi.[2] It premiered on Netflix on 4 November 2020. The second season premiered on June 16, 2022.[3] [4]

Love & Anarchy
SwedishKärlek och anarki
GenreRomantic comedy
Created byLisa Langseth
Starring
Composers
  • Kristian Selin Lidnes Andersen
  • Adam Nordén
Country of originSweden
Original languageSwedish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (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
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release4 November 2020 (2020-11-04) –
present (present)

PremiseEdit

Sofie is an ambitious consultant and married mother of two children living in Stockholm. When Sofie receives the order to restructure an old and well-established publishing house, Lund & Lagerstedt, her orderly life begins to fall apart at the seams. It begins when she meets the young IT expert Max, and begins an unexpected and daring flirtation with him. In the process, they develop a flirtatious little game whereby they both take turns challenging each other to do things that contradict established social norms.

Their harmless games soon turn into bitter seriousness as the challenges, and the resulting consequences, become bigger and more uncontrollable.

Cast and charactersEdit

  • Ida Engvoll as Sofie, a successful consultant and married mother of two
  • Björn Mosten as Max,[5] 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, one of the veteran publishers at Lund & Lagerstedt
  • Gizem Erdogan as Denise, one of the veteran publishers at Lund & Lagerstedt
  • Carla Sehn as Caroline, the receptionist at Lund & Lagerstedt

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"How It All Began"Lisa LangsethLisa Langseth4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)

Sofie is a successful married mother of two starting a six month consultancy helping indie publishing house 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 at Burger King. 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 publishing house 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 Langseth4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)

Sofie learns that the publishing house has committed to 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 a poorly written dreck and that Endre's relationship with Bergman was purely professional.

At work Max challenges 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 called Love & Anarchy. To comfort herself, she challenges Max to create a little anarchy during their meeting the following morning.
3"StreamUs"Lisa LangsethLisa Langseth4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)

The publishing house 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 viewing successive versions of the movie, Friedrich signs off on the final version of the film without seeing it, only to discover the ending has been drastically altered. 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 Langseth4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)

After learning that Ronny has sold his company to StreamUs and that he intends to implement a hiring freeze, Sofie counsels Max to become a permanent employee of the company. After being refused 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 then continues to do at home, much to her husband's displeasure.
5"The Book Fair"Lisa LangsethLisa Langseth4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)
At an important book fair, Sofie and Max can't stop daring each other to do increasingly risky activities. When Sofie orders Max to liven up a luncheon, he spikes the deserts with cannabis which cause Friedrich and Denise to get high and botch their presentation on the merger between Lund & Lagerstedt and StreamUs.
6"Regrets"Lisa LangsethLisa Langseth4 November 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 left-wing ravings, causing a disaster for the entire family.

Meanwhile the publishing house tries to get past the disaster at the book fair by throwing one of their authors 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 Langseth4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)

Rattled by her father's stint in a psychiatric 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 stand up to his domineering and controlling mother.
8"The Present, Eternity and the Action Plan"Lisa LangsethLisa Langseth4 November 2020 (2020-11-04)

After learning that Sofie brought their daughter to visit her father in the psychiatric 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.


Season 2Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
91"Everything is Different Now"Lisa LangsethTBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)
A newly separated Sofie continues seeing Max while looking for a new job now that she has left Lund & Lagerstedt. When she receives a tip from her ex that friends of theirs are looking to invest in audio content she helps broker a deal between her friends and Lund & Lagerstedt which results in her being installed back in the company as CEO.
102"Jagerstedt Publishing"Lisa LangsethTBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)

Friedrich secures his first author for his new imprint, his former lover who might give him more than he's bargained for.

Sofie and Max each try to move on from each other with new partners.
113"The Sensitivity Consultant"TBATBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)

After one of their children's books comes off as insensitive to climate change the company decides to hire a sensitivity consultant to review the content of their books.

Caroline pressures Max into defining their relationship while a jealous Sofie tries to break them up.
124"Literature Killers!"Lisa LangsethTBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)
Protests heat up outside Lund & Lagerstedt as authors discover the company plans to force authors with poor sales records to finance their own publications. While Sofie advises her co-workers to ignore the protests they become more and more intrusive, eventually torpedoing her deal with a Swedish influencer Sofie hopes to attract to the company.
135"Literary Cruise"TBATBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)

The Lund & Lagerstedt attend a literary cruise where a jealous Sofie, seeing Caroline and Max together, challenges Max to get as drunk as possible.

Worried over sea sickness, Friedrich misses the cruise and begs Denise to take care of Vivienne which goes in a different direction than he would have planned.
146"Exorcism"Lisa LangsethTBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)

After a slew of authors leave Lund & Lagerstedt Sofie finally agrees to let Max's Instagram be turned into a book in order to attract new authors.

As he witnesses Sofie struggling after her father's death Max challenges Sofia to talk to someone which causes her to go to a psychiatrist, a priest, and a self help guru in order to finally stop seeing visions of her father.
157TBATBATBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)
168TBATBATBA16 June 2022 (2022-06-16)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "From the Producers of Quicksand Comes Love & Anarchy – A New Netflix Original from Sweden" (Press release).
  2. ^ Mitchell, Robert (29 August 2019). "Netflix Commissions Second Swedish Original From 'Quicksand' Producers". Variety.
  3. ^ ‘Love & Anarchy’ Season 2 Gets Trailer and Release Date on Netflix
  4. ^ "Love & Anarchy Season 2 Trailer: Release Date Announced". Daily Research Plot. 6 May 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2022.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Molli (4 November 2020). "Love and Anarchy cast: Who is in the cast of Love and Anarchy?". Daily Express. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Shows A-Z – Love & Anarchy on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 2 June 2022.

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