We tell you all about the new France 2 miniseries, “L’Absente”, a drama centered on the kidnapping of a child in the North of France. A series to discover from September 20.
Absente : What is it about ?
The plot of Absente revolves around the mysterious disappearance from the little Marina. The kidnapping takes place in the vicinity of Dunkirk, right by the highway. Time passes and the police fail to find the girl, leaving her loved ones in nameless despair. The couple formed by her parents, Hélène and Laurent, did not survive the tragedy. Eleven years later, a young woman is found in exactly the same place. The only problem: she lost her memory after being hit by a car. Very quickly, the spirits are heated. Is this Marina ? The discovery of the newcomer raises many questions. If she is indeed the missing child, what has happened to her all this time? Where was she? Who was holding her back? Questions to which the young woman can not answer at all but which torment her parents for more than a decade, desperate for the truth.
The pitch of the new France 2 program therefore focuses on a theme often treated on the screen and in fiction in general, namely the “return of the disappeared”. The reappearance of a person – and the possibility that it is not who we believe / that it claims – fits as a conflict vector particularly effective and often allows to focus on family ties and the different ways of mourning a loved one. Fans of this type of story should therefore also appreciate works such as The Exchange, or the series The Family and – the excellent – The Five, a creation of the famous novelist Harlan Coben.
Absente : with who ?
In the role of Marina child, we find the adorable Juliane Lepoureau (The exchange of princesses). Salome Dewaels (Girls of joy) lends her features to the enigmatic Alex, the young woman with amnesia whose appearance upsets everything in her path. Thibault de Montalembert, star of Ten percent in which he incarnates the unbearable but nevertheless endearing Mathias, camps here Laurent, grieving father and eager for revenge. By her side, Clotilde Courau plays Hélène, Marina’s mother and Laurent’s ex-wife, also struggling with the past. Olivier Rabourdin (Black Box), Marie Denardaud (The tender age), Lionel Erdogan (The Little Murders of Agatha Christie) and Laëtitia Eïdo (Between two trains) complete the cast of the miniseries.
Karim Ouaret directs the eight episodes of season 1 of Absente. Series writer Delinda Jacobs (The forest), was freely inspired by a terrible news to design the latter. Thus, in 1998, the young Natascha Kampusch disappeared in Vienna. Ten years later, the unhappy eventually reappear. The survivor notably wrote a book on her ordeal, baptized 3096 days – in reference to the time spent in captivity. If the starting point of Absente looks like the story of the young woman, the series then moves away quickly.
Where and when to watch the series?
You will be able to dive into Season 1 of the mysterious miniseries from the September 20 @ 9:10 pm on France 2. Salto subscribers can now already watch all the episodes of Absente !