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The Chestnut Man (2021)

Crime | Mystery 
Popularity 9
Rayting:   8.0/10 9.4K votes
Country: Denmark
Language: English

A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small man made of chestnuts.

Episode Guide

Season 1

September 29, 2021Episode 6 Episode 6
September 29, 2021Episode 5 Episode 5
September 29, 2021Episode 4 Episode 4
September 29, 2021Episode 3 Episode 3
September 29, 2021Episode 2 Episode 2
September 29, 2021Episode 1 Episode 1

Best The Chestnut Man Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

September 29, 2021star8.1 260 votesS1E5 Episode 5
September 29, 2021star8.0 336 votesS1E2 Episode 2
September 29, 2021star7.9 296 votesS1E3 Episode 3
September 29, 2021star7.9 274 votesS1E4 Episode 4
September 29, 2021star7.8 277 votesS1E6 Episode 6
September 29, 2021star7.6 413 votesS1E1 Episode 1

The Chestnut Man Trailer

User Reviews

Tweekums 6 October 2021

This Danish crime drama opens in the mid-eighties as a police officer enters a remote farmhouse and finds several members of a family dead. In the cellar he finds a surviving child but then he is attacked and killed by an unseen assailant. On a table we see several 'Chestnut Men'; small figures made out of twigs and chestnuts. Cutting to the present day a woman is found murdered, one hand has been removed and nearby there is a chestnut man... strangely is has the fingerprint of the daughter of a senior politician who vanished a year previously. There is a man in jail for her murder although no body was found. The investigation is led by Naia Thulin and temporary partner Mark Hess. To solve the case they will have to reopen the old case and learn more about chestnuts; inevitably there will be more deaths before the case is closed.

I really enjoyed this series. At only six episodes in length it never drags but nor does it feel rushed. There are plenty of genre clichés but that isn't a problem... in TV drama one expects serial killers to leave calling cards, investigators getting in unnecessary danger and powerful people being put off limits officially. The series has a great atmosphere with various shades of brown provided by the autumn leaves mirroring the colour of the chestnuts used to make the chestnut men. The leading characters are fun to watch; as expected they have their own problems; Mark is still coming to terms with the deaths of his wife and children in a fire and Naia has difficulty finding time to care for her daughter. The cast does a fine job bringing these characters to life. When the killer is revealed it wasn't too obvious... I was convinced that it was going to be somebody else altogether. Overall I'd definitely recommend this to fans of Nordic Noir.

These comments are based on watching the series in Danish with English subtitles.

Calicodreamin 1 October 2021

A captivating storyline and two deeply disturbed cops made for one interesting detective show. The premise and reveal worked well together. The acting was decent and the characters had depth. That chestnut song was perfectly creepy.

Pairic 1 October 2021

The Chestnut Man: Nordic Noir serial killer series. A year ago the daughter of a Danish Cabinet Minister disappeared and is believed to have been killed. Two maverick detectives see possible links to this case and gruesome killings which have just occurred. The police brass are reluctant to accept this. All of the killings might be linked back to a case of mass killings decades ago (this is referenced in the prologue). Tension is maintained throughout with a good sprinkling of red herrings. Some disturbing scenes. Directed and Co-Written by Mikkel Serup. On Netflix. 8/10.

dwp1948 2 October 2021

10/01/2021 Exceptional series with a well conceived, viewer invested storyline being played out with excellent professional actor/actresses. This is one of those "Hidden Movie Gems" that we're always hoping to find, but seldom do. Guaranteed to please!

roxmewild 7 October 2021

Ok so watched with subtitles but in all honesty that made little difference normally I would expect to rate Scandinavian crime dramas highly after watching The Killing which was excellent but this was far too predictable in fact from the first episode I had already worked out in my head the narrative of the story and as I had pre predicted is what it was the only exception was I never predicted who the actual killer was but as the rest was all correct the excitement of who it was had already passed . Not particularly scary or exciting just average.

julianrosser-440-787839 1 October 2021

Excellent series with great plot and cast. As good as The Bridge and The Killing imo.

That says it all.

DLochner 4 October 2021

Dark atmosphere and strong images. The typical elements of the Northern European crime thriller from Scandinavia are included: cruel case, opposing investigative duo, social criticism and, above all, gloomy (autumnal) mood. The series doesn't create high tension, but so much tension that one would like to know how it all ends. Well worth seeing and one of the better crime novels. Dark crime thriller from northern Europe.

pontus-randen 3 October 2021

Very good series, as often is if it comes from Denmark. Fantastic acting from all participants and the plot is good. Quite gruesome as well, which is as it should be.

karinahatem 4 October 2021

Got really hooked from the very first minute, loved how the suspense kept building up and who the killer would be. Finding the killer in the last episode completely took me off guard. To better enjoy this show keep the original language as the English dubbing is not well done and rather annoying, also the performance wasn't that fantastic. Overall, I enjoyed this one.

fraser-simons 3 October 2021

While the pacing is a bit long it is better than most of the genre available on Netflix, which is nice. It looks fantastic with HDR and 4K. The script is not bad, but the book it's based on is pretty tropey and derivative in the literary genre scene, so while fun and certainly evokes the tropes people expect from it, I'd say it's also not stand out, either.

Where lots of others have a B plot that doesn't tie in well, this doesn't have that "trap"; another plus. But it also feels like only one of the partners is fleshed out as a character and the killer was more contrived than usual. So it's a mixed bag overall.

I hope this does well enough that they adapt much better source material. Still had a great time with this and would recommend it though. Especially since it's easy to stream, which the best entries of the genre are not. If your Netflix has Trapped, I would recommend that over this. That was really stellar.

ingamazonaite 29 September 2021

I liked this series.

It's how good thrillers are made.

I wonder if there will be seasom 2?

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