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The Crimson Rivers 

Les rivières pourpres (original title)
A bizarre series of murders, a stubborn investigator duo and a lot of bodies.
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Olivier Marchal ...  Pierre Niémans / ... 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Erika Sainte ...  Camille Delaunay 14 episodes, 2018-2020
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Following the Guernon case in the mid 2000s, captain Pierre Niémans was transferred to the head of the Central Office against violent crime (OCCS). This new confidential unit deals with the most complex cases, where the clues are few and where serial murders must be resolved as quickly as possible. It is during a particularly difficult mission that Niémans stumbles upon his best pupil and spiritual daughter, Camille Delaunay. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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5 November 2018 (Germany) See more »

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The Crimson Rivers See more »

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Prior to Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse (2004)'s release, plans were already in motion for a third film subtitled "Les Armes de l'Ombre" (Weapons of Shadows) to be written by Matthieu Le Naour & Alexandre Coquelle and directed by Florent-Emilio Siri. When this fell through, a plan for a TV series adaptation developed by Pierre Aknine was first announced back in October 2005 for TV channel TF1. Finally this iteration of the project with involvement of original novel writer Jean-Christophe Grangé was announced in December 2015. See more »

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Follows The Crimson Rivers (2000) See more »

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it could have been so much better
28 January 2019 | by jazfroSee all my reviews

This is a TV serialization of a 00's successful movie, based on the eponymous novel. Potentially, this is good Euro-scary-crime stuff. American writers deliver Hannibal Lecter, American Psycho, or True Detectives, and their European counterparts do Broadchurch, Salamander, Crimson Rivers, and the like. I usually like the European series because they nicely weave in some interesting historical nuggets together with some spectacular locations. I felt a bit let down by this one. The first story (e1-e2 as per the C4 broadcast) was intriguing, but the reveal in the second episode was just medieval fantasy, and frankly too simplistic in so many ways it's impossible to list. The sex trysts between the protagonists were shallow, unbelievable and possibly unnecessary. The acting and direction were good, and this kept me going. The aspect that got me was the fact that everybody, including the extras, in a German police station, spoke perfect French. It would have been more believable in a cross-border story to have at least some dialogue in the relevant language, and appropriately subtitled. Are producers afraid that people can't read? Other series have managed this well (e.g. The Tunnel, Salamander) and even action series like Strike Back can handle this. Watchable, but could do so much better.


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