From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche. Yet, he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime.
Maigret has been interrogating a mysterious Dane, Carl Andersen, for hours without a confession. Why was the body of a diamond merchant found in his car at his isolated mansion? He's either innocent or a very good liar. What does his beautiful but vulnerable sister know? And what compels everyone at the Three Widows Crossroads to be so secretive? Maigret sets out to find his killer which ultimately leads to a thrilling climax.
First off, I must say that I've been an avid fan of British television detectives for many years .. starting with the wondrous (Granada Television) Sherlock Holmes mysteries. As I watched Rowan Atkinson in this episode of the new Maigret series, I was brought back to those days. Though the mysteries take place in Paris, and Maigret is French, I personally have no qualms about the production. To be honest, the thing that irritates me about the great Poirot series with David Suchet, is the fact that his accent is so thick, I cannot understand the dialogue sometimes. With this series, I don't have this problem whatsoever, and that is refreshing. The direction of these Maigret episodes is quite superb, and I quickly become absorbed into the story lines. More than anything else, I am most impressed with the casting of Rowan Atkinson as the lead. As a dramatic actor, his portrayal of Maigret is stunning. His steadfast calm, and confidence in good old-fashioned police work knits the cast together in each episode. He trusts no one, and lets the evidence lead where it leads. This "Crossroads" episode is the best so far, and I am really hoping they continue more of them. I'll be waiting with a bowl of buttered popcorn, knowing I won't be disappointed in any part of the show. Great stuff indeed !! .
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