Tore
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Genre
Created byWilliam Spetz
Written byWilliam Spetz
Directed byErika Calmeyer
Starring
  • William Spetz
  • Hannes Fohlin
  • Peter Haber
  • Sanna Sundqvist
ComposerPer Störby Jutbring
Country of originSweden
Original languageSwedish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producerUlf Synnerholm
ProducerAnna-Klara Carlsten
CinematographyKarl Erik Brøndbo
Running time30–35 minutes
Original release
NetworkNetflix
Release12 August 2023 (2023-08-12)

Tore is a Swedish tragicomedy drama television series created by and starring William Spetz. It was released in Sweden on 12 August 2023 before being released internationally on Netflix on 27 October 2023.

Premise

An insecure, aimless, and naive 27-year-old loses his father in an accident and does everything in his power to avoid his grief. He soon slips into the adult world of sex, drugs, and alcohol, much to the concern of his family and friends.[1]

Cast

Episodes

No.TitleDurationOriginal air date
1"Something New Will Do You Good"
(Det blir bra med något nytt)
31 min12 August 2023 (2023-08-12)
2"If They Wear Watches, They're Straight"
(Har dom klocka är dom straighta)
30 min12 August 2023 (2023-08-12)
3"To Speak or to Die"35 min12 August 2023 (2023-08-12)
4"With Death as Your Colleague"
(Med Döden som kollega)
30 min12 August 2023 (2023-08-12)
5"Erik"31 min12 August 2023 (2023-08-12)
6"Home"
(Hjem)
32 min12 August 2023 (2023-08-12)

Production

Patricia, a nightclub in Stockholm that features in the series

Creator William Spetz was inspired to write the series after facing rejection on another project and feeling "creatively heartbroken."[2]

The series was both set and shot in Stockholm, with principal photography beginning in December 2022.[3] Spetz, despite having grown up in Umeå, knew of the Patricia nightclub in Stockholm and was inspired to set Tore's first foray into LGBT spaces there.[4]

Reception

Reviewing the first episode of the series, Joel Keller of Decider wrote that Spetz "does a good job of not only playing a guy who seems a bit sheltered and is OK with that, but of someone who tries his best to tamp down his grief over his father by being as reckless as he can be."[5]

Eric Diedrichs of Filmtopp gave the first episode four stars, commending Spetz on his "sharp combination of humor, blackness and surprises."[6] Tor Aavatsmark of Ljud & Bild gave the series three "completely average" stars, calling it "repetitive" and full of "clichés and stereotypes."[7]

References

  1. ^ McInerney, Clare (7 November 2023). "'Young Royals' director Erika Calmeyer on creating heart-wrenching new Netflix series 'Tore'". Vogue Scandinavia. Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  2. ^ Kardelo, Alexander (27 October 2023). "William Spetz nya serie handlar om sorg: "Tore har alla mina fulaste sidor"". MovieZine (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  3. ^ "William Spetz Creates Swedish Series 'TORE' for Netflix". About Netflix. 6 December 2022. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  4. ^ Knutson, Foto: Peter (19 November 2023). "William Spetz: "Jag vill skildra hur magisk gaykulturen kan vara. Men delar är också hierarkisk, mörk och hård"". QX (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  5. ^ Keller, Joel (27 October 2023). "'Tore' Netflix Review: Stream It Or Skip It?". Decider. Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  6. ^ Diedrichs, Eric (14 August 2023). "Recension: Tore (säsong 1) – så bra är William Spetz nya serie". Filmtopp (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  7. ^ Aavatsmark, Tor (2 November 2023). "Recension: Tore, säsong 1 – Stampar på stället …". Ljud & Bild (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 November 2023.