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The Chestnut Man 2021 English Psychological Thriller Series Review

The Chestnut Man

Tiasa Mukherjee Featured Writer
Tiasa Mukherjee
4.5 Star popcorn reviewss


Children are like water, wherever you will place them takes a huge role in their mental state & character building. When a child goes through trauma it will definitely leave a mark in their soul & change some of their beliefs. The new Danish thriller series The Chestnut Man directed by Kasper Barfoed and Mikkel Serupbased on the novel of the same name by Søren Sveistrup successfully made us questioning our virtue with the story of the serial killer, “The Chestnut Man”.

Screenplay & Storyline

The Chestnut Man unravels with a serious atmosphere of gruesome murder in 1987. After more than thirty years in present scenario a woman’s body with a missing hand is discovered in a playground of Copenhagen. Danica Curcic as Naia Thulin is the detective in charge of this unfortunate case with a new partner Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as Mark Hess. Naia Thulin is a single mother who’s unable to give her daughter proper time or care, so she wants to change her unit to cybercrime unit but find herself trapped in this heinous murder case. While investigating they found a tiny figure made of chestnut near the body. But whole investigation come across a shocking event when they found the fingerprint on the chestnut man’s figure of the minister, social affairs, Iben Dorner as Rosa Hartung’s daughter, who’s missing since last year. From this point the plot thickens and the story takes a whole new turn with certain events.

Performance & Direction

The Chestnut Man is based on the debut novel by award winning writer Søren Sveistrup. On August 19, 2019, Netflix announced its second Danish series at the Copenhagen TV Festival. 

Danica Curcic as Naia Thulin portrays her character perfectly, a single mother who’s fierce in her line of work but miserable in family life. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as Mark Hess illustrates the perfect partner for as Naia Thulin with the depth of his character & emotions. 

Another character worth mentioning is David Dencik as Simon Genz, David portrays his character so much on point that you will surely feel surprised.


I love watching murder thriller series and to be honest “Chestnut Man” tops my recent top 5 thriller drama list. I wish they could make more of Scandinavian landscape, show more aesthetic cinematography though the storyline will make up for that. Parent’s behaviour towards them, the atmosphere they are growing in is very important in children’s life, this thriller drama mainly focuses on that. The serial killer, Chestnut Man submit complaints against mother who are unable to protect their child and when the social service is not able to protect the child the killer takes it as his mission to save those children from their “bad mothers”. It’s a definite recommendation from my side!!! It’s currently available on Netflix.

External Links: IMDB | WIKIPEDIA

Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.

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