Mystery in Paris, a collection of French made-for-TV mystery movies, premieres in the US tomorrow.
Seven telefilms set in the late 1800s (’80s-’90s) make up Mystery in Paris (Mystère à Paris), a collection that features female lead characters and murders that occur at (or near) iconic sites in the City of Lights, including the Moulin Rouge, the Eiffel Tower, the Opera Garnier, Place Vendôme, the Louvre Museum, the Sorbonne, and the Élysée Palace.
Opening the collection is “Mystery at the Moulin Rouge” (“Mystère au Moulin Rouge“), which stars Émilie Dequenne (The Missing) as Diane Barraud, a young woman who arrives in Paris in September 1892. She’s come to search for her sister Marie (Stéphane Caillard, Marseille), who’s been missing for months after getting a job at the Moulin Rouge.
Diane’s pleas to Inspector Lebreton (Guy Lecluyse, Elite Squad) to help find Marie haven’t fallen on deaf ears, exactly; it’s just that a missing person case isn’t a priority for the police, whereas finding and dealing with the anarchists is.
Desperate, Diane manages to get hired as a dresser at the Moulin Rouge by Charles Zidler (Dominique Besnehard, Captain Marleau), the cabaret’s (real-life) colorful owner. This, after being summarily dismissed from the dance audition by Julien Anselme (Grégory Fitoussi, Spin), a crippled, alcoholic former dancer-turned-artistic manager at the nightclub.
Meanwhile, it isn’t just the anarchists who are causing trouble in Paris. It appears a serial killer is on the loose, one that murdered and raped (in that order) two dancers before Diane’s arrival in the city. They won’t be the only victims, and Diane must watch her step, lest she become one, too.
As for the other feature-length episodes in Mystery in Paris…
“The Eiffel Tower Mystery” (“Mystère à la Tour Eiffel“) stars Marie Denarnaud (Couvre-feu), Aïssa Maïga (Taken Down), Grégori Derangère (Murder in Rocamadour), and Bruno Debrandt (Caïn).
“Mystery at the Opera” (“Mystère à l’Opéra“) stars Mathilda May (Access), Pauline Cheviller (Balthazar), Antoine Duléry (Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie), and Hugo Becker (Baron noir).
“Mystery at the Place Vendôme” (“Mystère place Vendôme“) stars Marilou Berry (Joséphine), Anne Brochet (Captain Marleau), Charlie Dupont (Hard), and Élodie Navarre (La Mante).
“Mystery at the Louvre Museum” (“Mystère au Louvre“) stars Alice Taglioni (Frank Riva), Philippe Torreton (The Churchmen), Nicolas Marié (Spin), and Cyril Descours (A French Village).
“Mystery at the Sorbonne” (“Mystère à la Sorbonne“) stars Mélanie Bernier (My Afternoons with Margueritte), Pascal Elbé (Mother Is Wrong), Thierry Frémont (Das Boot), and Guillaume Labbé (The Hook Up Plan).
And “Mystery at the Élysée Palace” (“Mystère à l’Élysée“) stars Clémentine Célarié (Murder in Rocamadour), Gauthier Battoue (Murder in Maussane), Gilbert Melki (Kabul Kitchen), and Alain Doutey (Resistance).
Mystery in Paris: Season 1, a Walter Presents program, premieres in the US tomorrow, Friday, November 8, on the PBS Masterpiece channel on Amazon and Walter Presents.
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