TF1 broadcasts this Thursday evening the last two episodes of “Rebecca”, its new detective series. The perfect opportunity to reflect on the differences between “Marcella” and its French remake.
This Thursday evening, TF1 broadcasts the last two episodes of Rebecca, a scary and addicting thriller carried by Anne Marivin and Benjamin Biolay, which is adapted from the English series Marcella.
Released in April 2016 on ITV and composed of 3 seasons, this creation by Hans Rosenfeldt follows Marcella, played by Anna Friel, a former investigator who will resume service following a series of murders. At the same time, she discovers that her husband, who left her recently, is having an affair with Grace Gibson, a wealthy heiress. To make matters worse, Marcella suffers from mental disorders and memory loss …
Marcella’s synopsis is therefore reminiscent of Rebecca’s. But contrary to what one might think, Delphine Labouret and Didier Le Pêcheur, writers on the series, have nevertheless chosen to make some modifications compared to the original material.
A summary of the first two seasons
The actors and the production had announced it at the launch of the series: Rebecca is a digest of the first two seasons of Marcella. Thus, the investigation into the serial killer led by Rebecca is the same as that of her English colleague in the first season.
The relationships between the different characters, as well as the murderer are also identical. But unlike the English version, the victims of the French killer are all women. The leave also varies from one version to another: 6 years for Rebecca against 11 years for Marcella.
The main change is of course in the shortcut made in the remake. Indeed, viewers discover at the end of season 1 the origin of Rebecca’s troubles. A revelation that only takes place in the finale of season 2 of Marcella. And given the last scene of Rebecca, season 2, if it were to see the light of day, would adapt season 3 of Marcella.
A much less gloomy character
Who says remake, necessarily says different casting and therefore different interpretations of the character. In the British version, Marcella is played by Anna Friel. She plays a tortured woman who has problems with alcohol. But, in her work, she is very determined and can sometimes turn out to be unfriendly, even immoral.
The French remake offers us a slightly softened version of this battered woman. This is also a point that convinced Anne Marivin to participate in the project: Rebecca is not a copy and paste, but a real revisit of the series.
The actress was able to instill in the character the idea she had of Rebecca, and she was especially able to build her interpretation based on what she saw as flaws in the original version. Thus, the relationship between the policewoman and her ex-husband is much more developed to allow the viewer to better understand why she seeks at all costs to save her marriage with this manipulative man.
Watch Rebecca’s finale this Thursday, December 8 from 9:05 p.m. on TF1. Season 1 is already available in full on Salto.