Saturday, 12 September 2015

CAPITAINE MARLEAU: PHILIPPE MUIR (FRANCE 3)

[Spoiler-Free] French superstar Gérard Depardieu returns to French television with Capitaine Marleau: Philippe Muir. This event TV movie for pubcaster France 3 is helmed by his friend Josée Dayan, who previously directed him in Raspoutine, Les Rois maudits, Les Misérables, etc. 

Corinne Masiero plays the unconventional Capitaine Marleau (no first-name) of the Gendarmerie.

« Franchement, moi aussi j'ai eu une adolescence de merde. J'habitais dans un HLM. Ma mère elle picolait et elle buvait de l'alcool à 90. Et moi même j'arrachais les pattes des sauterelles. Et ben j'suis pas devenue serial killer pour autant, hein? » (Cap'taine Marleau, Homicide)

Manuela Morales, accountant in a haulage company, is found dead at her workplace by her boss Philippe Muir (Gérard Depardieu). With the help of his new lover Cécile Castelnau (Catherine Wilkening), Muir tries to locate his troubled son Samuel (Samuel Mercer) rapidly. He fears the young man may be responsible. Capitaine Marleau, homicide detective at Perpignan, arrives on the crime scene and her manners leave Philippe's sister Blanche Muir (Hélène Vincent) quite baffled.

« J'ai dû être un lapin dans une autre vie. A chaque fois que j'suis quelque part faut que je creuse mon trou. » (Marleau)

Cost-cutter Manuela was not popular amongst people working for Philippe. Marleau interrogates Pierre Lacoudre (Jean Benguigui), one of his employees, but Philippe Muir himself becomes her main suspect because all the women he loved until now died tragically. Corinne Masiero first played Capitaine Marleau in Entre vents et marées (2014), a miniseries written by Philippe Besson and Daniel Tonachella (Blood of the vine, Maigret), directed by Josée Dayan and aired by France 3. It starred Nicole Garcia and Muriel Robin and Marleau was actually a secondary character.

« Ben ça sent fort la solitude. Ca part pas au lavage comme ça alors du coup je me suis demandé si... » (Marleau)

Dayan and novelist/scriptwriter Elsa Marpeau (Blood on the Docks) brings back Capitaine Marleau for a possible TV series in Capitaine Marleau: Philippe Muir, with Gérard Depardieu as a special guest star (though first credited). Revealed by the film Louise Wimmer in 2012, Corinne Masiero is extraordinary as an offbeat cop between Vera, Columbo (1) and French comedian Coluche. The colourful and complex capitaine wears a cap with ear flaps which reminds of Frances McDormand in Fargo and she drives a Range Rover. Her abrupt ways hide a sharp mind and a profound knowledge of the human nature. She can also be poetically charming in the most unexpected circumstances.

« Tu sais quoi, moi aussi j'ai été jeune. Moche mais jeune alors je sais reconnaître du bon matos quand j'en vois. » (Marleau)

Série Noire author Elsa Marpeau knows her craft. The plot is certainly not original but it's well written and served by a good characterization, brilliant dialogues and an excellent cast. Gérard Depardieu looks confident under the competent direction of Josée Dayan. He's very good, even touching sometimes. Jerôme Kircher, who was in Entre vents et marées, makes an appearance. Belgian actor and French television legend Jean-Claude Drouot is irresistible as the Falstaffian pathologist Léopold Salaun.

« Je déteste les mômes de votre âge. Ils font des conneries tout le temps. Ils se marrent, ils se foutent de tout. Et nous les vieux on sait rien faire d'autre, rien faire d'autre que d'attendre et d'avoir peur pour eux. Et vous savez pourquoi? Parce qu'on est tellement cons qu'on arrive pas à vous aimer. » (Philippe Muir)

Filmed in Languedoc-Roussillon, Capitaine Marleau: Philippe Muir will air on France 3 on Tuesday, September 15th (2). It is produced by Josée Dayan's company Passionfilms in co-production with To Do Today Productions, RTBF (Télévision belge) and RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, with the participation of France Télévisions. Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac are the producers. Music by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn.

(1) There's a funny line about the lieutenant. There's also a nod to Les Rois maudits.
(2) RTBF and RTS aired it ahead of French television.

http://teleobs.nouvelobs.com/actualites/20150717.OBS2743/josee-dayan-l-ogresse.html 
http://www.elsamarpeau.com/

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