The TV movie “Far From Home”, broadcast this evening on TF1, focuses on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of an au pair in Amsterdam. Is this thriller with Marine Delterme and Lucie Fagedet inspired by a true story?
After At your sides, the TV movie inspired by the life of Jarry, broadcast last Monday, TF1 is offering this evening a new unpublished unit entitled Far from home, which this time takes us to the side of the paranoid thriller and which brings together Marine Delterme ( Alice Nevers), Marc Lavoine, Lucie Fagedet (Skam France), Stanislas Merhar (Bronx), or Alicia Hava (Mental) in front of Frédéric Forestier’s camera (Stars 80, Once upon a time in Monaco).
Written by Fanny Robert, one of the creators of Profilage, as well as by Mathieu Missoffe and Malina Detcheva, Far from home tells the story of Morgane, 19, who arrives in Amsterdam at a French couple to be the nanny of their two children. But as a diffuse unease settles in the disturbing house they occupy, Morgane learns that the Thierry’s previous au pair has disappeared under strange circumstances …
A pitch that quickly turns into a thriller just as breathless as it is chilling, and which obviously brings to mind the Sophie Lionnet affair, a young au pair who had been tortured and then killed by her employers, Sabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni, in London in 2017, before her charred body was found in the couple’s garden.
So, Far from home, is it the adaptation – even very free – of this news item? The answer is no, as Marine Delterme confirmed to us in a recent interview.
“No, the TV movie is not an adaptation”, explains the interpreter of Victoire Thierry. “But there have been plenty of stories of this style. In both directions, by the way. Au pairs abused, or au pairs abused with children. It’s not just the fact. various which made a lot of talk in England in 2017, there were many others. But in any case the writers were not inspired by a news item in particular to imagine the plot of the TV movie, no “.
Fanny Robert, Mathieu Missoffe, and Malina Detcheva may therefore have been vaguely inspired by the many news items involving au pairs to imagine their plot, but Far From Home is not the on-screen transposition of the murder Sophie Lionnet or another very specific case. Those who think they know how the TV movie will end will certainly be surprised.
Far From Home is also available on Salto.