Monday, 16 April 2018


French crime drama Capitaine Marleau, France 3's ratings juggernaut, returns on the channel from tomorrow. Corinne Masiero is back in the title role with Sang et lumière (guest starring David Suchet) and Le jeune homme et la mort

Both are directed as usual by Josée Dayan, who co-produces the series. In Le jeune homme et la mort, the first violinist of the Eckert Quatuor is found dead in a pond a few days before a concert. Capitaine Marleau questions the famous musician Alexandre Eckert and his entourage. 

The bottom line: Étude in Grey.

Maybe the bar was set too high with the very good Sang et lumière. Past the beautiful locations, Le jeune homme et la mort struggles to meet the quality standards of Capitaine Marleau. The plot seems right out of an episode of Midsomer Murders. The guest cast (except Stanislas Merhar) ranges from uninspired to unconvincing. Marleau looks likes she tries hard to resist a urge to leave gendarmerie for a comedian job. Worst, Le jeune homme et la mort is a missed opportunity to do with classical music what Brouillard en thalasso succeeded with classic dance.

With Jean-Hugues Anglade (Braquo, Josée Dayan's Collection Fred Vargas) as Alexandre Eckert, Évelyne Bouix (Joyce Kramer), Marianne Denicourt (Sabrina Eckert), Émile Berling (Christophe Gosselin), Lindsay Karamoh (Brigadière Noémie Perrone), Florence Darel (Blanche Allard), Stanislas Merhar (Philippe Venturi), Matthieu Dessertine (Fred Rolane), etc. Co-produced by Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac for Passionfilms and Gaspard & Co. François Bennaceur is the associate producer.  

Produced with France Télévisions and Radio Télévision Suisse. Filmed with the support of Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Music by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn. Additional music adapted and conducted by Tedi Papavrami, performed by the Quatuor Girard. Cinematography by Stefan Ivanov. Editing by Yves Langlois. Written by Alexandra Clert & Thomas Luntz with Sonia Moyersoen. Series created by novelist and scriptwriter Elsa Marpeau.

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