The broadcast of the mini-series “Mon Ange” ends tonight on TF1. This thriller with Muriel Robin, Marilou Berry, and Patrick Chesnais was filmed in Haute-Loire last spring, in a region that the interpreter of Suzanne Brunet knows well.
Mon Ange, the event mini-series of the start of 2022, ends this evening on TF1 with the broadcast of the last two episodes, which will finally lift the veil on the mystery of the disappearance of Julie (Romane Jolly), the daughter of Suzanne Brunet (Muriel Robin).
And if Mon Ange stands out from the other whodunits and thrillers which are legion on French television, it is of course by its characters, camped by Muriel Robin, Marilou Berry, Patrick Chesnais, or Alexandra Vandernoot, but also by its particular atmosphere. , which sometimes brings the plot closer to a modern western.
“Suzanne is disturbing. She arrives in this beautiful nature, and all of a sudden there is this village with secrets, family secrets. And when you arrive like that and you are not welcome, it is brave”, confided to us Muriel Robin during an interview.
“The production used the word ‘western’, it needed a special atmosphere. And it’s true that if we were in the United States, Suzanne would walk into a saloon, all heads would turn, there would be a harmonica , by Ennio Morricone, and she would feel that she had to get out because things were going to go wrong. We would push her out the door, she would come in through the window. And all that with a strength, an unwavering determination.”.
To recreate this particular atmosphere and this village which, under the weight of silence and secrets, ends up becoming disturbing, the production of Mon Ange went to Haute-Loire, in the region of Chambon-sur-Lignon, where the four episodes of the mini-series directed by Arnauld Mercadier were filmed between April 14 and June 14, 2021.
A setting that sticks to that of the series, which also takes place in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, and which brought back memories to Muriel Robin who knows the region well, as she explained in an interview given last May to France Blue.
“My parents had sent me to a camp there when I was 12. It wasn’t really our environment anyway, because Le Chambon-sur Lignon has always been a bit chic. I was in a pension which was called Les Pins, which was run by a couple who called themselves aunt Françoise and uncle Raymond. I went to see aunt Françoise, who is 101 years old, in an Ehpad du Chambon last week. I met her daughter and we went to see this lady of whom I had a great memory, I was very happy to see this person again”.
The filming of Mon Ange therefore allowed the actress to reminisce and reconnect with old acquaintances. But also landscapes that she has never been able to forget and which, according to her, nourished her love of the countryside.
“During filming, I clearly recognized the region which I already found at the time very very beautiful”, she continued, still at the microphone of our colleagues from France Bleu. “I think my love of the countryside started there. These are landscapes that you don’t see everywhere. It feels like you’re in mountainous Brittany, there’s a drop, a rocky side.. There is a dominant nature which is very interesting”.