Have You Watched or Read “Anxious People”? (My Thoughts)

Recently we watched 3 different shows/movies that referenced banking crises of recent history: Anxious People, Bank of Dave, and Dumb Money. I may talk about all of them here, but today I wanted to highlight my favorite of the bunch, Anxious People, a 6-episode self-contained series on Netflix that’s based on a novel by the same name.

My short pitch of the show if you don’t want to know anything about it is that it’s somewhat like a Swedish version of The Afterparty (which is a show about a specific event told from a variety of perspectives, often humorously but also with compelling characters).

Anxious People starts with a bank robbery and a hostage situation that’s resolved by the end of the first episode…yet you’re not sure at all what happened. It actually reminded me quite a bit of one of my all-time favorite heist movies, Inside Man. You know what happened, but you also don’t know. It left us wanting more, and despite the subtitles, we gobbled up the remaining 5 episodes over the days that followed.

I loved the show, and I’d highly recommend it. I also now want to check out some of Backman’s books (especially Beartown). Have you read any of them or watched the show?

5 thoughts on “Have You Watched or Read “Anxious People”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. OMFG. Anxious People is a show now? The book was fabulous!! I listened to it on Audible and the narrator’s different voices made it even better!!

  2. I’m a huge fan of this author and I enjoyed this miniseries immensely! They made some changes but they still captured it. Highly recommend his books.


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