Our review of Crimson Rivers season 4, on France 2


Olivier Marchal is always perfect in the role of the great frontal cop, melancholy, empathetic and gruff. Nicolas Velter-Storia Television-FTV

The series, derived from the eponymous thriller, created by novelist Jean-Christophe Grangé, returns in eight new episodes and it is still proving to be just as effective. The Crimson Rivers season 4, not to be missed, from this Monday, September 19 at 9:10 p.m. on France 2.

Somewhere in the north of France. A school bus is stopped dead on a railway track by a harrow placed on the ground. The driver gets out of the vehicle and notices the puncture. He is then struck by an attacker of whom he sees only the shadow. A train running at full speed then hits the bus… The six children, who remained inside, locked up as required by the security procedure, are all killed. Commissioner Niemans (Olivier Marchal) and his collaborator, Lieutenant Camille Delaunay (Erika Sainte), are in charge of the investigation. They discover a small village in the grip of anger and amazement. They also find unfriendly notables and a refugee just released from prison. He had already been blamed for the disappearance of a child. The culprit is thus all found.

Richness of the plot and quality of the image

The matter turns out (fortunately) to be more complicated. Thus begins the fourth season of Crimson Rivers, thriller of France 2 derived from the eponymous film by Mathieu Kassovitz (2000), itself taken from the novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé (1998, at Albin Michel). Season 1, created by Grangé himself and launched in 2015, hit the mark. Especially for the richness of the plot and the quality of the image. Also for the choice of its two main performers. Olivier Marchal is always perfect in the role of the great frontal cop, melancholy, empathetic and gruff. Just like Erika Sainte, with whom the investigator who has returned from everything forms an endearing pair. The youth of this collaborator and her disciplined student side offer Olivier Marchal the best possible counterpoint. Together they form the backbone of a series to which stories, locations, crimes and secondary characters have been added over the seasons.

The big family of black thrillers

The association of these two cops has lost none of its interest. Perhaps because their relationship does not lend itself to any confusion, to any repeated game of seduction, a rare occurrence in the series. Especially when both genders are represented. Perhaps also because the series is still so well done. Or because she is one of the last survivors of the great family of black thrillers. It stood out four years ago for its quality. It is now also distinguished by its impossible adaptation to the new "imposed model" of detective comedy. And that's good!

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