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Cast

Series cast summary:
...  Sandra Winckler 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Jan Hammenecker ...  Justin 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Alexandre Carrière ...  Fred 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Florence Bolufer ...  Mélanie 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Marie Boitel ...  Mme Chartier / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Jack Claudany ...  Le Juge Harcourt / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Isabelle Kubiak ...  Vendeuse électroménager / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Nicolas Cornille ...  Flic PJ Michel / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Sophie Bourdon ...  Employée bibliothèque municipale / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
François Godart ...  Jean-Pierre - Flic PJ / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
Marie-Pierre Feringue ...  Martine Aubrac / ... 14 episodes, 2014-2017
...  Catherine Keemer 8 episodes, 2017
Judith Henry ...  Maxine 8 episodes, 2017
Steve Driesen ...  Oliver Keemer 8 episodes, 2017
Yannick Choirat ...  Geir Jansen 8 episodes, 2017
Anne Benoît ...  Christiane Varène 8 episodes, 2017
Dominique Bettenfeld ...  Martin Souriau 8 episodes, 2017
...  Antoine Barrier 8 episodes, 2017
Séverine Vincent ...  Audrey Solange 8 episodes, 2017
Nina Simonpoli-Barthelemy ...  Chloé 8 episodes, 2017
Héloïse Dugas ...  Louise Keemer 8 episodes, 2017
Lila Gueneau Lefas ...  Léa Keemer 8 episodes, 2017
Guillaume Durieux ...  Eric Winckler 8 episodes, 2017
Catherine Schaub-Abkarian ...  Gloria 8 episodes, 2017
Gwendal Marimoutou ...  Denis - Fabien 8 episodes, 2017
Serge Merlin ...  Atticus Lorcat 8 episodes, 2017
Antoine Cerveaux-Debrunne ...  L'homme quartier gare 8 episodes, 2017
Emmanuel Rausenberger ...  Le médecin hôpital urgences 8 episodes, 2017
Cynthia Saint-Fleur ...  L'infirmière 8 episodes, 2017
Michel Masiero ...  Le vieil homme casse auto 8 episodes, 2017
Emmanuelle Dautremont ...  Infirmière HP 8 episodes, 2017
Nathalie Herbaut ...  Infirmière HP 8 episodes, 2017
Simond Colaone ...  Le journaliste 8 episodes, 2017
Jacques Schuler ...  Père bébé kidnappé 8 episodes, 2017
Gérard Pinteau ...  Le médecin HP 8 episodes, 2017
Saverio Maligno ...  Vendeur électroménager 8 episodes, 2017
Laetitia de Fombelle ...  Employée de mairie 8 episodes, 2017
Bernard Debreyne ...  Employé de mairie 8 episodes, 2017
Serge Flamenbaum ...  Le psychologue 8 episodes, 2017
Pascal Duclermortier ...  Le serveur bar 8 episodes, 2017
Thierry Levaret ...  Gérard Lorguet 8 episodes, 2017
Thierry Sebban ...  Homme rencontre Finder 8 episodes, 2017
Anne-Marie Vitse ...  Mère Eric 8 episodes, 2017
Laure Josnin ...  Soeur d'Elise 8 episodes, 2017
Mathilde Braure ...  Responsable association caritative 8 episodes, 2017
Rémy Gence ...  Le serveur restaurant 8 episodes, 2017
Marcelle Fontaine ...  Madame Gouriaud 8 episodes, 2017
Patrick Brasseur ...  L'homme âgé hameau 8 episodes, 2017
Claudine Vigreux ...  Une femme voisine Audrey Solange 8 episodes, 2017
Vincent Pietton ...  Un homme voisin Audrey Solange 8 episodes, 2017
Franck Renaud ...  L'homme 8 episodes, 2017
Annette Lowcay ...  La femme 8 episodes, 2017
Jean-Pierre Duthoit ...  L'homme mairie 8 episodes, 2017
Frédéric Lampire ...  Le gendarme gradé 8 episodes, 2017
Christian Joubert ...  Le propriétaire du garage 8 episodes, 2017
Lucie Boissonneau ...  Femme flic PJ 8 episodes, 2017
Fanny Roussel ...  Flic PJ Dom 8 episodes, 2017
Pierre Cartonnet ...  Flic PJ 8 episodes, 2017
Michaël Louchart ...  Flic PJ 8 episodes, 2017
Ludovic Molière ...  Flic PJ 8 episodes, 2017
Jean-Marc Abbou ...  Flic PJ 8 episodes, 2017
Sebastien Dravnieks ...  Flic PJ 8 episodes, 2017
Marion Valantine ...  Vendeuse boutique robes mariées 8 episodes, 2017
Bertrand Foly ...  L'homme village Geir Jansen 8 episodes, 2017
...  L'employé motel 8 episodes, 2017
Philippe Wolczek ...  Le voisin Geir Jansen 8 episodes, 2017
Martin Mazurkiewicz ...  Le Barman restaurant 8 episodes, 2017
...  Jeune homme capuche 8 episodes, 2017
Solenn Mazon ...  Jeune adolescente 8 episodes, 2017
...  Enfant au bâton 8 episodes, 2017
...  Serveuse restaurant 8 episodes, 2017
Marie Rémond ...  Jeune femme enceinte 8 episodes, 2017
Alain Barbier ...  L'homme au fusil de chasse 8 episodes, 2017
Léa Delanney ...  Jeune fille bus corps congelés 8 episodes, 2017
...  Paul Maisonneuve 6 episodes, 2014
...  Kaz Gorbier 6 episodes, 2014
...  Maxine Dubreuil 6 episodes, 2014
...  Laura 6 episodes, 2014
...  Eric 6 episodes, 2014
Frédéric Bouraly ...  Philippe 6 episodes, 2014
Joël Ravon ...  Damien 6 episodes, 2014
...  Jérémie Gorbier 6 episodes, 2014
Laurent Delbecque ...  Thomas Maisonneuve 6 episodes, 2014
Carine Bouquillon ...  Madame Gorbier 6 episodes, 2014
Eric Paul ...  Henri Norbert 6 episodes, 2014
Maryne Bertieaux ...  Caroline Laplace 6 episodes, 2014
Abdul-Ali Abuzar ...  Interprète afghan 6 episodes, 2014
Fabrice Adde ...  Carl 6 episodes, 2014
Franck Andrieux ...  Homme au volant 6 episodes, 2014
Adeline Fleur Baude ...  Jeune maman Sylvie 6 episodes, 2014
Thierry Bertein ...  Capitaine du ferry 6 episodes, 2014
Pierre Bertin ...  Patron bar 6 episodes, 2014
Violette Blanckaert ...  Jeune femme (soeur victime) 6 episodes, 2014
Henri Botte ...  Greg Serano 6 episodes, 2014
Olivier Brabant ...  Richard Laplace 6 episodes, 2014
Mailys Brie ...  Fille 2 Damien 6 episodes, 2014
Bruno Buffoli ...  Médecin légiste 6 episodes, 2014
Philippe Capelle ...  Directeur prison 6 episodes, 2014
Abel Carrière ...  Enfant au vélo 6 episodes, 2014
Zoé Caron ...  Fille 1 Damien 6 episodes, 2014
Anne Conti ...  Sybil 6 episodes, 2014
Christine Defurne ...  Journaliste 2 6 episodes, 2014
Jean-Marie Denis ...  Habitué bar 6 episodes, 2014
Christophe Deram ...  Denis, flic archives PJ 6 episodes, 2014
Damien Ferrette ...  Copain Thomas 6 episodes, 2014
Marie Florac ...  Directrice centre de rééducation 6 episodes, 2014
Gaëlle Fraysse ...  Laurence Wanderwilt 6 episodes, 2014
Pascal Goethals ...  Yvan Kremer 6 episodes, 2014
Juliette Hugot ...  Chloée 6 episodes, 2014
Cédric Kerguillec ...  Flic informatique 6 episodes, 2014
Pierre-Yves Kiebbe ...  Flic police scientifique 6 episodes, 2014
Quentin Legois ...  Brice 6 episodes, 2014
Anne Lepla ...  Corinne 6 episodes, 2014
Yann Lesvenan ...  Journaliste 1 6 episodes, 2014
Emmanuel Leroy ...  Employé garage 6 episodes, 2014
Jean-Erns Marie-Louise ...  Jean 6 episodes, 2014
Hugues Martel ...  Propriéraire du golf 6 episodes, 2014
Florence Masure ...  Madame Laplace 6 episodes, 2014
Magdalena Mathieu ...  L'ortophoniste 6 episodes, 2014
Sami Niazi ...  Jeune Afghan 6 episodes, 2014
Patricia Pekmezian ...  Madame Cherbeau 6 episodes, 2014
Stéphane Pezerat ...  Médecin hôpital 6 episodes, 2014
René Pillot ...  Habitué du bar 6 episodes, 2014
Christophe Piret ...  Avocat de Norbert 6 episodes, 2014
Marie Polet ...  Femme agent immobilier 6 episodes, 2014
Philippe Potier ...  Monsieur Bergeron 6 episodes, 2014
Cecile Rittweger ...  Léa 6 episodes, 2014
Marouan Talbi ...  Fonctionnaire cadastre 6 episodes, 2014
Charlotte Talpaert ...  Clara 6 episodes, 2014
Bruno Tuchszer ...  Bruno Wacquier 6 episodes, 2014
Félix Verhaverbeke ...  Homme mystérieux 6 episodes, 2014
Kamel Zidouri ...  Karim 6 episodes, 2014
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Set in a small coastal village in France, this is a quiet thriller of crime and dark secrets. The opening sequence takes place in a house just put out for sale. In it, the discovery of what appears to be the dead family in the house, implicates the former chief-of-police to the plot. The now-retired chief-of-police, having made a lot of enemies in his past career, is recovering from a car crash which he barely survived. Written by bellman-307-983610

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€6,650,000 (estimated)
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Scandinavian noir with a French accent
4 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Scandi-noir brings with it a set of expectations which Witnesses duly delivers. Female cop with suppressed issues -- check; a wintry French coastal village dominated by Broadchurch style cliffs -- check; improbable crime scenes that darkly hint at a miscreant with a messed up mind -- check, and the usual cool colour palette of blues and greys -- check.

Genre conventions are not a bad thing, if used deftly, and Witnesses delivers. Marie Dompnier as the female lead investigator, Sandra Winckler, is impressive as the astute cop who exorcises her insomniac nights by obsessively cleaning her apartment. Thierry Lhermitte plays the former high-flying policeman haunted by family tragedy, and as Winkler's former instructor who is implicated in the bizarre crime, suppresses dark secrets about his past. The location shooting in Le Tréport, with its strange funicular railway which is used as a disturbing feature in the first episode, is inspired, and the photography is superb.

This review is based on viewing the introductory episode, which sometimes tends to be dramatically the most engaging with television mini-series, such as The Bridge and its British-French counterpart, The Tunnel, but marred in subsequent weeks by a lurid story trajectory. Hopefully Witnesses will exhibit a narrative restraint where trust is placed in mood and character development without forsaking the sense of unease that is so well established in the opening hour.


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