The first two episodes of this new detective series will be broadcast from Monday, September 20 on France 2.

The disappearance of their daughter, Marina, had devastated them. Its reappearance, eleven years later, will shake them. In the new France 2 mini-series, Clotilde Courau and Thibault de Montalembert play a couple who believed they had lost everything and who must face doubts, anguish and hopes. Because the young girl, hit by a car in the middle of the night, has amnesia: is it Marina? Commissioner Victoire Eberhart (Marie Denarnaud), eight months pregnant, arrives at the Dunkirk police station to reopen the investigation.

This new eight-episode mini-series is broadcast every Monday evening on France 2 until October 11, 2021.

Created by Delinda Jacobs (author of the miniseries The Forest), the screenplay for L’Absente unfolds a breathtaking investigation, halfway between haunting thriller and poignant family drama. The director of the series, Karim Ouaret, has entrusted the role of the father to the actor Thibault de Montalembert. A completely different register for the one we know as a star agency director in Ten percent. The actor delivers an intense performance in the skin of Laurent Masson, inconsolable father and tormented fisherman. “These children who disappear leave a questioning and a chasm behind them. These are absences that destroy the people who remain,” says Thibault de Montalembert.

At his side, Clotilde Courau is also convincing as a jealous mother and haunted by remorse. Without forgetting Marie Denarnaud (already seen in HPI) who embodies the tenacious commissioner and her assistant, Cédric Le Maoût, known in particular for her role in Captain Marleau. There too, he plays a policeman, but for the Lille actor, everything is very different. “We are in something more realistic, colder, darker. We are in a drama. It is different from what I have been able to do before”. Also to be remembered, the first steps on television of the overwhelming Salomé Dewaels who plays “the absent”.

For several months and during confinement, the film crew set down their cameras in the Dunkirk region. The characters throw their despair into an icy North Sea and the setting, the Côte d’Opale, becomes a character in its own right. “This coast is absolutely crazy with beauty, nostalgia, sadness and incredible lights”, reports actor Thibault de Montalembert. An atmosphere, landscapes and a typical atmosphere in the North of France which inspired the director Karim Ouaret. “The rain, the fog, the cold and the wind, for me it is an additional character”, he assures.

Poster of the series “L’Absente”, produced by Escazal Films and France Télévisions (Escazal Films)

Synopsis: a small seaside town near Dunkirk. A young woman flees from a truck chasing her through the night, along a deserted road. In her race, she is hit head-on by a car. When she wakes up in the hospital, she no longer knows who she is or what happened to her.

Yet everyone here seems to recognize her: it is “The disappeared of the D60”, Marina Masson, who disappeared eleven years ago when she was only ten years old. But who is this stranger really? Is this really little Marina? If so, where was she for eleven years and what happened to her? This is the terrible question posed by the Masson family, who have lived for eleven years with the ghost of the absent, without ever having known what had happened to their daughter, their sister, their goddaughter.


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