“L’Absente”, the new event mini-series of France 2, continues this evening with three new episodes. Meeting with Thibault de Montalembert, Clotilde Courau, Salomé Dewaels, director Karim Ouaret, and producer Sophie Révil.
Broadcast every Monday evening at 9:05 p.m. on France 2, L’Absente, which attracted 3.38 million viewers (15.7% of the public) last week in front of its first two episodes, is undoubtedly one of the event series of back to school, with Mensonges or Une Affaire française.
Worn by Thibault de Montalembert, Clotilde Courau, Marie Denarnaud, Salomé Dewaels, Olivier Rabourdin, and Lionel Erdogan, this mini-series in eight episodes tells the story of Hélène and Laurent Masson, whose daughter, Marina, disappeared without leaving traces nine years ago.
When a young woman with amnesia, who looks exactly like her, is found near the place where Marina was last seen, it is a new upheaval for the Masson family, who never really knew where to find themselves. rebuild from the drama and immediately convinces herself that Marina is back.
But is this stranger really their daughter? And, if so, what happened the night she disappeared almost a decade ago? And where was she all this time?
The new series from the creator of La Forêt
At the origin of this project between intimate drama and breathless thriller, there is the desire of the producer Sophie Révil (The Little Murders of Agatha Christie, They were ten) to work with Delinda Jacobs, a screenwriter to whom the we owe the series Contact and La Forêt, respectively broadcast on TF1 and France 3 a few years ago.
“I absolutely fell in love with the writing of the mini-series La Forêt, I found that it stood out, that it was quite exceptional”, explains Sophie Révil. “So I invited Delinda Jacobs to lunch to tell me about her projects. And she told me this story which was close to the news item of Natascha Kampusch. That is to say a kidnapped little girl who reappears right next to his parents’ house. But here, in our story, it’s more complicated “.
From this Austrian news item that everyone knows, Delinda Jacobs has therefore drawn a starting point from which she has woven a story that is ultimately very different, which is interested in the explosion caused by the disappearance of Marina on her relatives, in consequences of his absence, and the doubts and gray areas surrounding his “return” nine years later.
“Delinda is an amazingly talented screenwriter”, continues Sophie Révil, who is full of praise for the creator of L’Absente. “For me she’s a novelist. She writes alone, which no longer happens, it’s an old-fashioned thing. Today we write more as a team, in the form of a writer’s room. To write alone these 8 episodes, Delinda took about two and a half years. But the result is beautiful. The characters are chiseled, incredibly complex “.
And it is the strength of the writing of Delinda Jacobs that also convinced the director Karim Ouaret (Trapped) to embark on this new television adventure: “When Sophie Révil and Denis Carot contacted me to offer me this series, I read the first 4 episodes, and from the first lines I felt a special atmosphere that emanated from the pen of Delinda, with this young girl running on the road, in the middle of the night, chased by a truck “.
“I thought it was an unusual way to start a series like this”, continues the director of the series. “And then it just flowed through the sequences and the episodes. I love being surprised, having original twists, and that has been the case in every episode. For me it was obvious to me. accept such a proposal “.
Clotilde Courau and Thibault de Montalembert as parents bruised by the absence of their daughter
While French channels increasingly tend to appeal to the same headliners from one series to another, L’Absente has the merit of offering a refreshing cast, made up of talents from all walks of life, from cinema to series, passing by the theater. And all the actors agree in any case on one thing: it was obvious to say “yes” to this story and to these characters, as complex and difficult to embody as they are.
“Reading the episodes, I realized that there was a crazy complexity in my character”, explains the young Belgian actress Salomé Dewaels, who plays the famous “absent” who reappears with amnesia and is shrouded in mystery. “There was so much to play. So I’m not sure if it’s done, but as soon as …