Thursday, 4 April 2019


One of the listeners of a radio show dies live on air.

Written by actress/scriptwriter Emmanuelle Michelet (who's among the guest cast) and Alexia de Oliveira Gomes (Crimes parfaits) with Capitaine Marleau star Corinne Masiero, Une voix dans la nuit is helmed as usual by director and series co-producer Josée Dayan. It's the 15th episode of French pubcaster France 3's hugely popular crime drama (launched in 2015).

«Je lui dirai les mots bleus.
Les mots qu'on dit avec les yeux. » (Christophe)

Eva Detrais is the host of Les mots bleus on Radio 7 Boulogne-sur-Mer, a late-night programme where listeners confide their problems. Chloé Leroux, a young woman, calls Eva. She cries, when suddenly the sound of a gun shot can be heard. Chloé has been murdered and Capitaine Marleau investigates. It occurs that Eva Detrais knew the victim. Someone targets former constestants of the Miss Côte d'Opale beauty pageant. Eva's assistant uses his job to seduce female listeners and the murder weapon belongs to a gendarme!

Ne plus mourir, jamais, the atypical previous episode, was above all a vehicle for French star Isabelle Adjani based on a novel published years before the creation of Marleau. The excellent Une voix dans la nuit is a healthy return to basics thanks to the well-crafted scenario, a perfect Corinne Masiero and a fine cast. Jeanne Balibar plays Eva, a character between radio show host Macha Béranger and TV weathercaster Catherine Laborde. Singer and actor Benjamin Biolay is brilliant as the ambiguous photographer Philippe Louveau.

Stéphane Debac is Lieutenant Franck Villiers, the interesting deputy of Marleau in this episode. Camille Garcia is irresistible as the gendarmerie telephone operator. Radio columnist and author Guy Carlier appears as the radio station manager. Also with singer and actress Camille (Caroline Celac), Micha Lescot (Jean-Charles Dumont), Victor Belmondo (Thomas Alleaume), Emmanuelle Michelet (Marie), Pauline Dicry (Chloé), Claudia Fortunato (Juliette), Armel Cazedepats (Alexandre), etc. 

Co-produced by Passionfilms and Gaspard & Co with France Télévisions and the support of Pictanovo and Région Hauts-de-France. With the participation of Radio Télévision Suisse and R.T.B.F. (Télévision belge). Produced by Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac. Cinematography by Stefan Ivanov. Editing by Yves Langlois. Music by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn. Marc Eisenchteter is the story editor. Series created by Elsa Marpeau. Capitaine Marleau is available in the U.S. on VOD service MHZ Choice under the title Captain Marleau.  

(Amandine Attard contributed to this review)  

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