Thursday, 21 April 2016


[Spoiler-Free] Manuela Lopez, a young Spanish woman, is found dead in an apparent suicide near a hotel where she stayed. Marleau thinks someone pushed her from the window of her room. A clue leads the capitaine to a benedictine abbey.

Directed by Josée Dayan, Les mystères de la foi is the third Capitaine Marleau after Capitaine Marleau: Philippe Muir (the pilot) and Le domaine des soeurs Meyer. Belgian channel La Une aired it this week ahead of French pubcaster France 3. The fabulous Corinne Masiero returns as Capitaine Marleau (no first-name) of the Gendarmerie, an unconventional detective between Vera Stanhope, Columbo and French comedian Coluche. Spanish actress Victoria Abril guest stars as Mother Louise, an abbess haunted by her past.

This excellent episode, written by actor, scriptwriter and director Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, is a festival of great dialogues. Guérin-Tillié is also on screen as Father Vincent, a sympathetic priest. Capitaine Marleau investigates amongst the sisters of the abbey. The mother superior, from Spain like the victim, suffers from a serious guilt complex. The place has a big accounting issue and its gardener has an interesting criminal record. Marleau tries to speak Spanish and plays pinball.

The other guest stars are Irène Jacob (Sister Maryse), Agathe Natanson (Sister Françoise) and Catherine Ferran as the pathologist. Also starring Jeanne Cohendy (Sister Béatrice), Cathy Bernecker (Sister Célestine), Vincent Martin (Jean), Aymeric Demarigny (Brigadier Brière), the talented Philippe du Janerand as the hotel manager, etc. Capitaine Marleau is produced by Josée Dayan's company Passionfilms and Gaspard & Co with To Do Today Productions, R.T.B.F. (Télévision belge), RTS Radio Télévision Suisse and France Télévisions.  

Produced by Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac. François Bennaceur is the associate producer. Music by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn. Series created by Elsa Marpeau. Les mystères de la foi was filmed between November and December 2015 in Alsace (mainly in Saverne) with the support of Strasbourg Eurométropole and Région Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine. Production moved to Tournan-en-Brie, in the Région Île-de-France for the fifth Marleau, which guest stars Pierre Arditi (Blood of the Vine). 

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