Over a five month period in 1955 four women are stabbed to death in Montmartre after dark, a prostitute and a midwife among them - women with nothing in common beyond being brunette. Justice minister Morel leans on chief Inspector Maigret to catch the murderer and Maigret sets a trap, using policewoman Marthe Jusserard as a decoy. She survives an attack, sartorial evidence leading to married mother's boy Marcel Moncin, whom Maigret arrests. However whilst Moncin is in custody there is a further murder and Maigret looks to Moncin's family to help solve the murders. Written by
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The clothes peg in the drawer appears to be a modern plastic one. See more »
To determine whether the suit given to the homeless guy was indeed the suit of the suspected killer elaborate lab-work is done trying to see if the alleged burn was made recently. All the while they have a piece of cloth ripped from the sleeve (which helped them track down the make of the suit in the first place) and yet they never look at the sleeves of the suit. One of the sleeves should be badly damaged from the ripping off of the cloth. See more »
Not perfect - but got the important stuff right (for a first episode that is)
As a lifelong fan and reader of Simenon's novels I have to say they got the glacial pace and the melancholy feel absolutely right. Also Atkinson's calm and soft-speaking portrayal is the first proper portrayal of Maigret I've ever seen (all the others were a bit too flashy for my taste). My problem was the script. It was melodramatic at times (like the 'I hate you, I hate you' scene at the end) and it all lacked a point. Simenon painstakingly analyzed each and every character and aspect of French society of the time all of which was missing from the film. The writer seemingly settled on just telling the story which isn't good enough. Bottom line: excellent performance from Rowan Atkinson (completely forgot I was even watching an actor, let alone Mr. Bean) and excellent direction but a shallow and almost operatic screenplay. Can't wait for the second episode.
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