“Virage Nord,” is available on TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand starting on March 27. “Virage Nord” is a French mini-series about a young police detective named Alexandra Perrucci. Perrucci is investigating the death of a 17-year-old soccer fan in her own hometown. The series stars Judith Davis, Nina Meurisse, and Nicolas Cazale. Virginie Sauveur directed this episode. She’s also directed “Spiral.” “Spiral” aired on BBC and on Netflix.
It’s an interesting mystery. People who talk bout “True Detective” or “Broadchurch” will want to watch this French thriller. It has the makings of a thrilling story with heartbreaking themes and strong female characters so far in the story. Not only does Perrucci come to get the whole story, but she also has to find out who is the killer because her sister is a suspect. Alexandra is this person that wants to get the job done. She has this stone cold kind of face that is always serious, but deep down you know that she holds something back.
Not only is there an interesting whodunnit case, but the viewer also wants to know more about Alex and her feelings towards her family and her hometown. When she firsts meets up with her father, you can see some strain there. Though you can see that she deeply cares for her sister though. But one thing about them two they do fight, since she left you can see that her sister resents her somewhat. It’s an interesting relationship that is flawed, but like every single character in this mini-series. By the way Judith Davis is definitely an actress that is to be noticed.
Nina Meurisse plays the other strong woman character, Jessica. Jessica is a little different than Alex. She’s always trying to prove herself, but she’s always trying to say hey stay away from my job and let me get my work done. Though Jessica and Alex do clash times throughout the episode. One can’t really blame her in for some of it.
Some powerful scenes that were in this 1 hour episode were when Yorick’s (the young man who was murdered) brother starts throwing stuff around his room yelling at Alex. He tells her if she wants to look then look around. You can see the anguish in the family.
Another scene was when Alex’s sister’s husband is with their baby. The man tells the child to sleep because mom will be home soon. You can wonder what is wandering through his mind, seeing his wife in trouble for murder with a guy that she text a couple of times (you also get a past scene that sweetens their storyline and other hints). But the more you watch the episode, the more you get to know that these two aren’t the perfect couple either. That her husband did some stuff too.
So overall the first episode sets you up with a murder of a troubled young man (you learn more and more about him), a detective who is going back to hometown to solve the murder but for personal reasons her sister is caught up in it, another police officer that wants the case for herself, and other cast of characters that have their own dark secrets. Add in another suspect that Yorick got in trouble hassling once. But what about the beach bums? His brother even acts a little weird. There is something weird about everyone.
The town of Arcanville is no simple little town. Why would anyone kill a guy under the bleachers? Who did it? Small towns have their secrets and this northern French town with its gray skies is hiding them. Would say this is a pretty solid episode that stops at a question mark to keep the viewer watching. Interesting characters, the plot is intriguing, and Judith Davis as the main character does wonders. For an official rating it’s definitely a 4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars! Just a few not so great scenes, but as whole it’s pretty perfect.