Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Paris in July 2018 - French TV-series
For Paris in July, hosted by Tamara at Thyme for Tea, I had a plan to see a French TV-series. I have watched a few the last year and I find them interesting and good. I have seen Marseille, a political thriller and The Frozen Dead, a crimi about a serial killer. To my great joy I saw that there is a new French crimi on Netflix, La Forêt/The Forest, which I started yesterday. Started and finished the six episodes at 1.30 a.m. Yes, it was that good and exciting.
"Sixteen-year-old Jennifer disappears one night from her village in the Ardennes. Captain Gaspard Deker leads the investigation with local cop Virginie Musso, who knew the girl well. They are helped by Eve, a lonely and mysterious woman."
That is a short summary of the story. It takes place in a small village where everyone knows each other. Ten years earlier two girls disappeared in the forest and now another three girls disappear. Each of the five episodes (six in total) ends with a cliffhanger, so that is why it was so difficult to stop watching. I will not spoil the thrill by revealing anything more of the story, but little by little new things turn up. When people realise it has to be someone close by the normal friendliness of the villagers disappear, and human emotions come to the surface, and not always in a nice way. I really liked the plot and although I had slightly thought of who the real culprit could be, it was not until the very end that it was clear. The only thing I felt was a little bit "unrealistic" was the resources that this small village gendarmeri managed to get from the regional office. But a small thing in the overall, very exciting thriller.
The good thing with Netflix is that we get to see tv-series and films also from other countries, which makes for a little bit of diversity in the overall English/American dominance. Especially useful for Paris in July.