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Hotel Beau Séjour 

Beau Séjour (original title)
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A young woman wakes to discover her own murder on her hands. Struggling to get help and solve the case from five locals who are somehow involved with the night of her death, she uncovers so much more.
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Lynn Van Royen ...  Kato Hoeven 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Inge Paulussen ...  Kristel Brouwers 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ...  Marcus Otten 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ...  Luc Hoeven 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Johan van Assche Johan van Assche ...  Alexander Vinken 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Katrin Lohmann ...  Marion Schneider 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Mieke De Groote Mieke De Groote ...  Dora Plettinckx 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Roel Vanderstukken Roel Vanderstukken ...  Bart Blom 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Joren Seldeslachts ...  Charlie Vinken 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Joke Emmers Joke Emmers ...  Ines Anthoni 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Charlotte Timmers ...  Sofia Otten 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Guus Bullen Guus Bullen ...  Cyril Otten 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Tiny Bertels ...  Hild Jacobs 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Reinhilde Decleir Reinhilde Decleir ...  Renee Brouwers 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Barbara Sarafian ...  Melanie Engelenhof 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Maarten Nulens ...  Leon Vinken 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Ian Whitt ...  Leon Vinken 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Christophe Aussems Christophe Aussems ...  Politieman 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Geneviève Lagravière Geneviève Lagravière ...  Griet 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Jakob Beks Jakob Beks ...  Onderzoeksrechter Vercammen 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Frederik Huys Frederik Huys ...  Danny 6 episodes, 2016-2017
Tom Jansen Tom Jansen ...  Hannes Vanderkerk 5 episodes, 2017
Renée Fokker ...  Beate Schneider 5 episodes, 2017
Dirk Hendrikx Dirk Hendrikx ...  Jefke 5 episodes, 2016-2017
Stijn Meuris Stijn Meuris ...  Bernard 5 episodes, 2016-2017
Max Pauwels Max Pauwels ...  Gianni 5 episodes, 2017
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Hotel Beau Séjour. Kato, covered in blood, wakes up without any recollection of what happened the night before. Moreover, nobody seems to see or hear her. Slowly it sinks in: she's dead. Who did this to her? And how come a handful of people can still see her, as if she's among the living? Why them specifically? In her search to uncover the truth Kato will discover that a lot of secrets lie dormant under the surface of her supposedly peaceful village community. Written by ahmetkozan

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The song Sateliet S.U.Z.Y, topic for discussion for the funeral, is a song by the Belgian band Noordkaap. Stijn Meuris, who plays Bernard, is the singer. See more »

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"I See Dead People"; - Belgian style!
9 March 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I honestly respects everyone's opinion and I will never state that someone else's thoughts and views are irrelevant, but I just need to highlight something here… The other reviewer submitted his comment when only six (out of the ten) episodes got aired on Belgian television and then already publicly claimed that the series was dumb, predictable and derivative. That's not fair. If you don't like a series after a few episodes, just stop watching but don't discourage other people to watch, because the creators deserve a chance to tell their FULL story. Admittedly I also wasn't very impressed after the first couple of episodes of "Beau Séjour", but the concept was curious and compelling enough to keep watching all ten episodes, and I must underline that every new episode was darker, more suspenseful and better than the one before.

The series centers on a teenage girl, Kato Hoeven, who wakes up one morning in a bloody bathtub in a sleazy hotel that has yet to be opened for the public. Kato quickly comes to the painful conclusion that she is dead – viciously murdered, in fact – but that her "ghost" is still around; presumably to solve her own murder. Five people can apparently still see and talk to Kato, including her alcoholic father, her jealous stepsister, the corrupt local chief of police, her secretive best friend and a handsome but mysterious young lad who recently got released from a psychiatric clinic. As the story unfolds, it rapidly becomes clear that all five of them in some way interacted with the poor girl during the night she got murdered. Is the killer one of these five person or does each of them need to solve their own little piece of the puzzle. The regular investigation is led by two intelligent police women, and they stumble upon several complicating leads, like a drug-trafficking network, previous unsolved murders, cuber-stalking and police involvement.

No, the premise of "Beau Séjour" isn't exactly innovative and the series is definitely modeled after a handful of successful American prime-time series, but you honestly can't blame the makers (who are all women, by the way) for being ambitious. Although I think there's still a number of defaults and illogicalities in the story, the screenplays are very well-written, with professional and excessive use of tense cliffhangers, unpredictable plot-twists and shocking revelations. Especially for a Belgian series aired on national television during prime time, "Beau Séjour" has a very dark and depressing atmosphere, features a fairly large amount of violence and extreme language and it certainly doesn't avoid sensitive subjects that are mostly still taboo. I simply must also mention that the series has a downright fantastic and ultimately moody theme-song!

The acting performances are really good, also thanks to the fact that the cast is allowed to speak in their own local vulgar dialects. Whenever actors and actresses are obliged to talk the so- called "civilized Dutch", like the cast in most films and TV-series originating from Flanders, the performances often suffer tremendously from this. The cast doesn't include Flanders' absolute finest players, but still there are several acclaimed names like Reinhilde Decleir, Barbara Serafian, Katrin Lohman and Jan Hammenecker. The rest of the cast is familiar as well, if you live in Belgium at least, and especially the young cast members give away solid performances. The grand finale – at the end of the 10th episode ONLY – is bleak and grim but satisfying. In case you think the denouement is far-fetched or implausible, then I suggest to watch the daily news, because horrifying tragedies like these really do happen.

At around the time of the 8th episode, I heard on the radio that the acclaimed company Netflix bought the international rights for airing the series. Here's to hoping it will have some success beyond the Belgian borders as well.


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Official Sites:

deMENSEN [Belgium]

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Belgium

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Flemish

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16 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Gardner & Domm, deMENSEN See more »
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