Friday, 28 September 2018


Marcus Borg, the son-in-law of motor racing legend Irène Denan, is murdered. Capitaine Marleau (Corinne Masiero) investigates amongst Irène's family.

Written by Marc-Antoine Laurent and Jean-Marc Taba with Elsa Marpeau (who created Capitaine Marleau), Les roseaux noirs is helmed as usual by director and series co-producer Josée Dayan. It's a return to quality for France 3's crime drama after the disappointing Le jeune homme et la mort and the odd Double jeu, with a good whodunit around a racing track, effective dialogues and Corinne Masiero at her best.

The guest cast is excellent, starting with Nicole Garcia as the strong-minded Irène Denan. Four years ago, the renowned French actress co-starred in Entre vents et marées, Josée Dayan's miniseries where Corinne Masiero first appeared as Marleau (then a secondary character). Hippolyte Girardot is Irène's friend Pierre Claudel. Christine Delfino is played by the talented Élodie Frenck, far from Marlène of Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie. Marc Barbé plays her husband Luigi Delfino. Maxence Vandevelde does a good job as Lieutenant Weber, the Brière (1) of the day.

Also with Raphaëlle Agogué (Lella Borg), Lubna Gourion (Nolwenn), Jules Houplain (Anthony Crozier), Arnaud Lechien (Marcus Borg), Jérôme Huguet (Lionel Odran), etc. A co-production Passionfilms and Gaspard & Co. Produced by Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac. François Bennaceur is the associate producer. Produced with France Télévisions, Radio Télévision Suisse and R.T.B.F. (Télévision belge). Filmed with the support of Région Grand Est and Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération. Music by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn. Cinematography by Stefan Ivanov. Editing by Yves Langlois

(1) The captain's most popular deputy, played by Aymeric Demarigny in several episodes.

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