MHz Choice has announced its slate for May 2023, which is toplined by the French comedy-drama limited series Nona and Her Daughters.
In addition to Nona and Her Daughters, May brings two new French mystery-crime drama series, as well as new seasons of shows from France, Germany, Italy, and the UK, plus a new “Movies of the Week” telefilm. The full schedule is as follows:
Nona and Her Daughters (Nona et ses filles) (France)
Leading the cast of this comedy-drama limited series is César Award winner Miou-Miou (Memoirs of a French Whore, Germinal), who plays 70-year old Elizabeth Périer, aka Nona, a family matriarch who runs a planned parenthood clinic in Paris. She’s also having a secret love affair with André (Michel Vuillermoz, UFOs). Then Nona discovers she’s pregnant (!). It gets better: André isn’t the father.
Upon learning Nona’s news, her 44-year-old triplet daughters — Gabrielle (Clotilde Hesme, Lupin), Emanuelle (Virginie Ledoyen, 8 Women), and George (series director and co-creator Valérie Donzelli, Call My Agent!) — move back into the family apartment to support their mother and to unravel the mystery, all while trying to navigate their own hectic lives. As sex therapist Gaby falls for Nona’s male midwife, Markus (Barnaby Metschurat, Greek Salad), Manu starts to question her marriage, and virginal doctoral student George meets “genius” Antoine (Antoine Reinartz, Irma Vep) on campus and hires him to help solve the mystery.
Maigret: Season 2 (UK)
This classic British mystery series, based on Georges Simenon’s “Maigret” novels and starring Rupert Davies as French Inspector Jules Maigret, is the first English-language series to screen on MHz Choice. (Video is from “Murder in Montmartre” in Season 1)
The Swan Company: Season 2 (La compagnia del cigno) (Italy)
This coming-of-age drama follows music prodigies at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, as they struggle to find their independence while under the strict guidance of their orchestra’s director, who challenges them every day. (Video is from Season 1)
Alice Nevers: Season 4 (France)
Marine Delterme (Coco Chanel) and Jean-Michel Tinivelli (Murder in Tahiti) return as criminal prosecutor Alice Nevers and her personal and professional partner, police captain Fred Marquand, in ten new episodes of this crime drama, derived from the long-running series Le juge est une femme. (Video is from Season 3)
Homicide Hills: Season 2 (Mord mit Aussicht) (Germany)
In this long-running crime comedy series, Detective Sophie Haas (Caroline Peters, Tatort) is transferred from Cologne to the (fictional) rural town of Hengasch in the Eifel mountains, where she leads a police force of two officers — Sergeant Dietmar Schäffer (Bjarne Mädel, Crime Scene Cleaner) and Officer Barbel Schmied (Meike Droste, Tatort: Cologne). Disappointed at the lack of cases, Haas pursues every tiny lead for every small infraction. When actual crimes and murders happen, Haas is at her best and her happiest, while her officers get to do some real police work, even if Haas has to show them how.
Unclaimed: Season 1 (Les invisibles) (France)
This crime thriller centers on a police task force that specializes in murder cases involving unidentified victims. Every investigation is a race against the clock for the atypical agents in the “Invisible” Brigade — team leader Darius (Guillaume Cramoisan, Murder in the Larzac), young and wealthy Duchesse (Déborah Krey, The Art of Crime), experienced cop Marijo (Nathalie Cerda, Spiral), and former boxer Ben (Quentin Faure, Mongeville) — to discover the victims’ identities and what happened to them.
Maigret: Season 3 (UK)
See description above.
Movie of the Week (various countries)
MHz’s telefilm anthology series, featuring drama, comedy, romance, fantasy, mystery, and thriller made-for-TV movies, returns with the French drama Who Will Take Care of Jacques? (Qu’est-ce qu’on va faire de Jacques?). It centers on three siblings — Louise (Maud Wyler, Irma Vep), Fabien (Pascal Rénéric, The Traveller), and Estelle (Claude Perron, Big Bug) — who feel helpless in the face of having to care for their schizophrenic brother, Jacques (Vincent Deniard, Captain Marleau), after their father’s death.
Under Law and Grace (Prière d’enquêter) (France)
Consisting of four feature-length episodes, this murder mystery series revolves around the cases investigated by two people on opposite sides of religion: Police Captain Elli Taleb (Sabrina Ouazani, The Hookup Plan), a self-described atheist (and primary caregiver for her younger siblings), and Brother Clément Desmoulin (Mathieu Spinosi, Guyane), a novitiate who has spent most of his life in a monastery and is also a criminologist.
All of these titles will stream in the US and Canada exclusively on MHz Choice and its digital channels, including MHz Choice on Amazon, starting on the dates shown above. (Note that scheduling changes can occur at any time and without prior notice.)
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