Sunday, 3 April 2011

The Dichotomy of Sarah Lund


It is the last day prior to the release of the box set of The KillingIs there anything left unsaid about this series, about Sarah Lund and the jumper? Admittedly much of the comment has sprung from The Guardian, but then, for the most part I like The Guardian and agree that The Killing is something worth talking about.

So, Sarah Lund then. As the actress, Sofie Gråbøl, has pointed out, she created Lund by acting like a man, which makes for interesting viewing. We watch as her responses to situations unfold, seemingly free of emotion, focused and single-minded. For some she has become a sort of role model, Grace Dent, for one, extols her virtues. "I love Lund," says Dent, "she's the sort of better woman I dream to be." So on the one hand Lund represents an empowered, confident woman, whose sense of worth doesn't depend upon how others view her.

However, there is a flip-side. Despite respecting this character to an extent, in no way would I want to be her. Her crippled relationships are sad and uncomfortable to watch, (although in the case of her tactless mother, perhaps understandable). She is hemorrhaging people she really cares about.  By giving Lund the type of stunted relationships often associated in fiction with male characters, The Killing does a good job in challenging our stereotypes.

And lastly the jumper. It's true we all love the jumper! It's a bit ironic really, that this jumper, which started as a fashion antidote has become so completely iconic. So, who is buying the jumper (or a cheaper version perhaps)? Perhaps it's a good thing that spring is here and our jumper needs are dissolving in the sunshine.

image via Gudrun & Gudrun

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