Tuesday, 11 February 2020


Capitaine Marleau is France's favourite gendarme and she knows it.

The bottom line: L'Enquête corse.

Captain Marleau is in a Corsican forest when she's accidentally wounded by a hunter. She's brought to the home of a retired GP, Dr. Paul Crivelli. There's a smell of gas in the house and Crivelli is found dead near his wife Marie, who's unconscious. Marleau interrogates Lesia Crivelli, their daughter, who left Paris where she was a surgeon to become the successor to her father. Lesia's ex-fiancé, who was meant to succeed to Paul, didn't take her return well. A man who beat his wife wants to take revenge on Lesia Crivelli because of her intervention. 

What the fans of Capitaine Marleau like most is neither the plots nor the guest actors (even David Suchet or Isabelle Adjani). It's when Corinne Masiero, its star, delivers Marleau's one-liners and social commentaries. With almost 8 million viewers, the series can afford everything. The actress is reputed to ad lib, to the point that she's also credited with the writers. Pace è Salute is heavy on easy jokes, meta-references and Corinne Masiero's views (well-known in France). Even the postcard shots of the beautiful Corsica cannot prevent the feeling that those 90 minutes last three hours (including 30 minutes of clichés).

With Mélanie Doutey (Lesia Crivelli), Philippe Duquesne (Major Fortin), Catherine Rouvel (Marie Crivelli), Brigitte Sy (Victoire Bracconi), Maria Ducceschi (Restitude Corsa), Laurent Capelluto (Pierre Russo), Cédric Appietto (Ange Castola), Daniel Martin (Dr. Luc Martinez), Jean-Pierre Bouvier (Jacques Ardouin), Didier Landucci (Hubert Ricciardi), Jean-Marc Michelangeli (Henri Ricciardi), etc. Produced by Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac. Co-produced by Passionfilms and Gaspard & Co with France Télévisions and the support of Collectivité de Corse.

With the participation of RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse and R.T.B.F. (Télévision belge). Jean-Christophe Cardineau is the production manager. Cinematography by Stefan Ivanov. Editing by Yves Langlois. Music composed by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn. Marc Eisenchteter is the story editor. Capitaine Marleau is available in the U.S. on VOD service MHZ Choice under the title Captain Marleau. Series created by Elsa Marpeau. Written by Marc-Antoine Laurent and Jean-Marc Taba with Corinne Masiero. Directed by Josée Dayan.

Pace è Salute will premiere on France 3 on February 18th.

See also:

https://tattard2.blogspot.com/2019/10/captain-marleau-capitaine-marleau.html (Quelques maux d'amour)
https://tattard2.blogspot.com/2019/10/capitaine-marleau-grand-huit-france-3.html (Grand Huit)

Friday, 7 February 2020


Launched in 2006, Camping Paradis was created by Michel Alexandre, Ludovic Pion-Dumas & Anne Badel

Produced by JLA Productions with TF1, this comedy series is centered on the everyday life and problems of Tom Delormes, the owner of the Camping Paradis, and his team.

The regular cast members of Camping Paradis since its start are Laurent Ournac (Tom Delormes), Thierry Heckendorn (André Durieux) and Patrick Guérineau (Xavier Proteau). Humorist Candiie plays Audrey Dukor since season 8. Patrick Paroux (Around the world in 80 days, Amelie) recurs as Christian Parizot, the most faithful client of the campsite. In 2017, Camping Paradis celebrated its 50th episode and left the 90-minute format for the same 2 x 52-minute as TF1's long-running comedy/drama Joséphine, ange gardien. The characters of the two hits met two years ago in an episode of each series. 

Ma vie est belle is the third episode of Camping Paradis directed by Laurent Ournac. It was penned by Laurent Mondy (Le prix de la loyauté, Commissaire Magellan), who wrote several other episodes and co-wrote the Camping Paradis side of the crossover. The title is a nod to La vie est belle, the French title of It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946). The friends of Tom Delormes want to celebrate his 35th birthday but Tom is depressed because of his life at the Camping Paradis. An encounter with a wasp sends him in the office of an angel who looks like Monsieur Parizot.

The celestial being shows Delormes what would have been his life if he had married the love of his youth, if he had two teenage children, if he were a rich campsite franchise owner and if his sister Elsa managed the place. Ma vie est belle is a fun and often hilarious exercice de style with a welcome touch of self-parody. Patrick Paroux shows once again his brilliance, particularly when one of those irritating drone shots (so used by French contemporary television fiction) ends badly for the drone.

The guest cast includes notable performances by Mathieu Coniglio and Gaëlle Gauthier as different characters in each of Tom's alternate lives and by Bartholomew Boutellis as the guru-esque Zacharie. Also with Barbara Probst (Elsa), Esther Valding (Zoé), Clarisse Lhoni-Botte (Christelle), Charlotte Boillot (Campeuse gym), Sarah Brooks (Jeune campeuse inspectrice), etc. Produced by Jean-Luc Azoulay and Richard Berkowitz. Bernard Paccalet exec produces. Alain Bucaille is the production manager.

Produced with the participation of RTL-TVI and RTS Radio Télévision Suisse. Music by Frédéric Porte. Main title song composed by Sébastien Lipszyc, Emmanuel Lipszyc and Franck Lascombes. Cinematography by Olivier Guarguir. François Salisch is the production designer. Costumes by Nathalie de Belleval. Sandrine Diot is the artistic coordinator. Main title sequence by Cinespi. Distributed by TF1 Studio.

See also:

http://tattard2.blogspot.com/2018/09/camping-paradis-un-ange-gardien-au.html (Camping Paradis: Un ange gardien au camping)
https://tattard2.blogspot.com/2018/03/josephine-ange-gardien-trois-campeurs.html (Joséphine, ange gardien: Trois campeurs et un mariage)