Fog and Crimes (Nebbie e Delitti) Season 3
Directed by Gianpaolo Tescari.
Starring Luca Barbareschi, Anna Valle. Celese Cuppone, Emanuele Arrigazzi, Rosa Pianeta and Natasha Stefanenko.
Police investigator Franco Soneri leaves behind the mists of Ferrara and re-locates to the city of Turin; a move that opens up new professional and personal challenges…
Continuing the feature-length television adaptations of Valerio Varesi’s detective novels, this third and final season of Fog and Crimes takes Soneri (Barbareschi) out of his natural climate of Ferrara and moves him to the big city of Turin.
Bringing a dark complexity to the demanding nature of police work, and highlighting the difficulties of any kind of relaxed personal life, this quality drama creates a gripping structure that brings successful closure to the series.
Other than the change in city, the main difference this time round is in the supporting cast. New assistant Todisco brings a comedic side to the plot as Juvara did in the first two. But it is the additions of Anna Valle as medical doctor Chiara and Celeste Cuppone as runaway child Immacolata where the cast mostly differs. Both of these new characters bring an added warmth and humanity to the tough cop.
The tightly formulated plots of the four gripping tales provide depth and many surprising twists. The ongoing story of Soneri’s relationship break-up with the first two series’ Angela (Natasha Stefanenko) is alluded to at the start and end nicely bringing the series round to a conclusion.
The disc itself is pretty much bereft of extra features, although the Arrow Films trailers and booklet give a good idea of where the label is trying to go with its priorities for Euro-Crime drama.
This release joins other Italian series on the Arrow Films sub-label ‘Criminale Italia’ such as Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale. Well worth checking out for all crime and mystery lovers, Fog and Crimes ended on Italian TV screens back in 2009 and is fully deserving of a new audience.
Robert W Monk is a freelance journalist and film writer