BUREAU DES LEGENDES (2015 – ) SEASON 2

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Creator: Eric Rochant

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Sara Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Four months have passed within the DGSE. Guillaume Debailly (alias Malotru), promoted to deputy director of the Bureau des Légendes, became a double agent on behalf of the CIA. Under cover of psychoanalysis sessions, he delivers to the doctor, his contact agent at the CIA, the information he gathered weekly. In exchange, Malotru expects the Americans to release the woman he loves, Nadia, imprisoned by the Syrians somewhere in the world. On the other hand, as Loiseau starts her delicate and dangerous underground mission in Iran, the DGSE is confronted with a new crisis: a jihad, now an officer of Daech, publicly harasses France in a bloodthirsty way.

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The first season of the Bureau des Légendes had seduced us last year by its authenticity, its realism and the inclination of Eric Rochant to continue to dig further into the  universe of espionage and intelligence that ” He has known so well since his films Les Patriotes and Möbius. The first season however took place in Paris When Malotru comes back in Paris. Eric introduce us with the characters and such. The stories are purely fictional but of what is going on today. The second season however is that the agents on the field. Nadia who trained to be an agent is going to be in Iran to work in a company well that is her cover. The talented Sara Giraudeau assumes the role beautifully well here as wells the other actors Camille de Castelnau, Cécile Ducrocq, Hippolyte Girardot, Raphael Chevènement, Antonin Martin. The narrative intersect with intelligence, participating in the immersion in this new season which is proving exciting. These new episodes embrace, moreover, the actuality with a realism that will put a chill thought your back, taking as background the narratives evoking both the Syrian conflict and the Islamic radicalism. Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Pierre Darroussin recover their characters with greediness and engage in this duel of cat and the mouse game, the two actors seeming to savour their acting by bringing more nuances to  their characters that one might have thought immovable. Over all a terrific second season that went up a notch big time and yes there is a season 3. Season 3 will be the final chapter like a trilogies than Rochant I think is going to put new character for season 4 that will start a new chapter.

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NON UCCIDERE (2015 – )

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Creator: Claudio Corbucci

Cast: Miriam Leone, Matteo Martari, Thomas Trabacchi

Inspector Valeria Ferro ( Miriam Leone) works at the PJ in Turin. stubborn , beautiful and tough, she is assisted by Andrea Russo (Matteo Martari), veteran Gerardo Mattei and new recruit Luca Rinaldi (Luca Terracciano) under the direction of Giorgio Lombardi ( Thomas Trabacchi). As her investigations progress, we also discover the difficult past of the investigator.

The series is also known under the name of Squadra Criminale. It is a terrific Italian series where Valeria Ferro is this tough detective who wants to solve the case as family as possible even check out all the possibilities before closing the case but every time she does an investigation her boss tells her to close it quickly or go easy on the victim they are not suspect. Her partner in crime issuing with the flow, he knows that he is the second wheel on this, he tend to follow her league but sometimes enough is enough and her boss has the final say. As the series goes along you discover that her mother is in jail. As the story goes along you discover more about her and the difficult relationship that she has with her mother. Overall it is a terrific series.

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EYEWITNESS (2014)

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Creators: Jarl Emsell Larsen

Cast: Axel Bøyum, Odin Waage, Anneke von der Lippe

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy took the publishing industry by storm and everything since then  the Nordic noir is in business. Eyewitness is something slightly different, merging crime thriller and family drama.

When Philip (Axel Bøyum) and Henning (Odin Waage) witness a multiple-murder they stay quiet, fearing for their lives, normal reaction for teenagers. Philip has his foster-mother who is  the officer leading the investigation, Helen Sikkeland (Anneke von der Lippe). When the SRO are drafted in to deal with a drugs war involving The Sixers and a biker band called The Ferrymen, Sikkeland begins to see connections. However, without evidence and the gun that they can’t find she is at a halt and struggle to make progress.

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Here is a terrific Nordic Noir as I love them with some terrific actors and story telling. Henning, an alpha male motocross champion, seems more terrified by his family to discover who he is really. In keeping quiet Philip to protects him  but messes up  his already complicated relationship with his foster family. Thank god for trying to avoid the clichés. The performances of the actors are strong with some great sensitive writing to go with it. The Norwegian / Swedish nine series has 6 episodes that are dark and tense.

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ZONE BLANCHE (2017 – )

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Creators: Mathieu Missoffe

Cast: Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre, Laurent Capelluto

Villefranche is a small isolated town in the heart of a gigantic forest, a green labyrinth of thousands of hectares making any telecommunication hazardous. This place is not quite like the others has its unmapped areas, its crimes, its disappearances and other mysteries to be elucidated and a rate of homicide six times higher than the national average … but apart from it all everything is fine. , The city can count on its sheriff, Major Laurène Weiss (Suliane Brahim), a girl of the strong country in mouth and strangely connected to Nature. As she continues to investigate, she sinks farther and farther into the forest she discover secrets even some from her own adduction 20 years ago.

Viilefranche is a fictional town somewhere in Belgium. It has 8 episodes and it is a French Belgian series. The filming took places in between the Voges and Belgium. So you can feel the fog, the nature and the thousand of ares of forest, it is a perfect setting for this kind of series. It is dark, intriguing and mysterious and when you watch it the story will have some twist and turns that you won’t expect. Well casted and written which I can’t wait for season 2 to come out. I just finished watching the last episodes this week and what great ending which you are going to want more. Do not miss this one.

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LEFTOVERS (2014 – )

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Creators: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta

Cast: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

This spooky series where a 140 millions people just vanished off the earth like babies, lawyers, drunks, thieves, surgeons, murderers, grandmothers, bartenders, celebrities and even the pope. Where did they go?

Three years after 2 percent of the world’s population  disappeared, a lots of people believe it was an act of God, but nobody has any answers. Some churches close, and new cults form, including one called Guilty Remnant, whose followers wear white, take a vow of silence and chain smoke. Too funny there why I am not surprise and what is up the chain-smoking they have nothing to look forward to ,so why not catch cancer. Most survivors just try to get back to normal, but some how the cult will not let them forget.

“The Leftovers” has an intriguing premise that is intelligently and well presented. There are a lot of series with fantasy theme here those days and I think that is where we are going . But is France going to follow the trend most of the time it does not happen. Well will see. there is something that is unexplained in this series but maybe by second season we’ll know more. well do not miss this one.

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KU’DAMM 56

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Creator: Annette Hess

Cast: Sonja Gerhardt, Claudia Michelsen, Maria Ehrich

The story is set in Berlin in the year 1956 and tells us about a dance teacher and her 3 daughters. And yes there is a little bit of everything here in this dysfunctional family. Homosexuality, happy and unhappy relationship, motherhood, a father that disappear after the war, an underground dancing contest.

From the beginning it never lets up. This series is flying with a strict cold-hearted mother that wants here daughters married to wealthy men. She will stop at nothing plus she has a dancing studio where she is stuck in old fashion mode and does not want to teach Rock-N-Roll dancing. Here is a lesson in modernisation if I ever saw one. The wall is not up yet but you begin to see that Germany is separated in two east and west. It is the whole question of the modernity with the rapid transformations of a society that are imposed on to Caterina Schöllack, a  mother with authority , who alone raises her three daughters to be ready for marriage. And yes there will be one who will rebel against her mother the youngest one Monika. It is the time of Elvis Presley and of James Dean here plus a lot of Rock-n-Roll came out and a lot of modern invention as well. Thing are moving fast in Berlin where the war is forgotten. The series explore the modern world that is going to emerge, with a family who has their own problems in the middle of it of which the mother is going to have trouble adjusting to it. A terrific series here from Germany that is worth looking at.

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BEAU SÉJOUR (2016 – )

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Creators: Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens

Cast: Lynn Van Royen, Inge Paulussen, Jan Hammenecker

Here from Belgium on the Dutch side a fantastic realistic thriller series. A hotel room under renovation and a girl who is in a blood bath in a bathtub. Someone knock on the door and she disappears. Later her body is found by the lake. She soon realise while solving her own murder that 5 people can see her.

Terrific  series here where the tile is the name of the hotel. Beau Séjour is the collective creation of Sanne Nuyens, Bert Van Dael, Kaat Beels, Nathalie Basteyns, the  two last one being also the directors of the episodes. Kato is a ghost, but of a very special type: five people can see her, communicate with her … and even more, Her alcoholic father, a policeman who does not hesitate to eliminate evidence, his half-sister Sofia, devoured by jealousy, Ines, a friend who rounds off his end of the month by hard drug trafficking and Charlie, a Another friend just out of a psychiatric asylum. But the police investigation is the main part of the plot with the elimination, one after the other, of people wrongly suspected. Secrets will emerge left and right. It has been rewritten as almost the same style as the film named Six sense , where the ghost is trying to solve her own murder. In order to make it sinister the series was shot in the winter to reinforced the landscape that got with the theme of the series. The rumors that circulate on a season 2, in the form of an anthology with another story and other characters, have not yet been denied, nor confirmed. I ham hoping for a second season.

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