I rarely write about movies, and I think that this is the first time in ages that I write about series. However, this is rather about the role of Netflix in connecting European countries through their series.
Second, I mention Occupied, a Norwegian alternative-contemporary-history movie, played in Norwegian. Addressing ecological themes, this dystopia is actually a 3-season series on politics, including a few policier sub-plots (one can retrieve Stieg Larsson's influence). It follows the constant dance of the Norwegian politics, when the country cuts energy supply from oil, to switch to a new power source, under a green government, and Russia occupies Norway at the EU request. Placed in our times, it is played in Norwegian, English, Russian, with scenes in French, Polish, Ukrainian, German and so on, and filmed in locations that are virtually placed across the continent (however, the main action shows Norway, and sometimes its very nice landscapes). Again, the recurrent theme is European identity and European politics. And it addresses pan-European common debates such as gender identity, tolerance and xenophobia, and solidarity.
At least through such series, apparently with no intention in this regard, Netflix does a great job to consolidate a common European identity and to bring forefront the themes on the European agenda. Somehow, it replaces lack of face-to-face interaction and traveling across the continent, and reduces the fragmentation brought by proliferation of social media bubbles, rebuilding bridges between the later ones. From another perspective, it also becomes visible that EU filmmakers have now an almost unexpected sizeable market where they can compete with American, Indian, and Chinese ones.
And the movies are easy to consume, both when you are cold and rational as a stone, or when their Romantic sub-messages of love bringing hope touch your heart. And they are better when one combines the two ... moods ;)