Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez: an addictive horror thriller not to be missed at Salto – News Series

Adapted from the novel by Franck Thilliez, the series “Syndrome E” features Vincent Elbaz and Jennifer Decker in the roles of police officers Sharko and Henebelle. We tell you why you shouldn’t miss this ultra-effective thriller available on Salto.

The back-to-school series… is now available at Salto. It is expected that this fall of TF1, Syndrome E, adapted from the eponymous novel by Franck Thilliez, is actually offered throughout the French streaming platform since Friday, July 22 in preview. It was weeks, even months, before it was broadcast on television.

Presented in March at Séries Mania, where the first two parts caused a sensation, this six-episode series shows the meeting between Sharko (Vincent Elbaz) and Lucie Henebelle (Jennifer Decker), the two main police of the successful novelist Franck Thilliez.

All in a dark and disturbing universe that, with its heavy blows of chilling revelations, shocking sequences, and characters damaged by life, is more reminiscent of Les Rivières pourpres cinema version and Scandinavian thriller than of purring detective films in France 3. And proves, if we still doubt it, that a channel like TF1 can now make the general public rhyme with risk and courage.

A breathless thriller that happily takes a look at the genre

Undisputed master of the French thriller in the same way as Jean-Christophe Grangé and Maxime Chattam, Franck Thilliez has never received accolades for a series adaptation of one of his novels. Chamber of the Dead was recently transferred to the big screen in 2007 with Mélanie Laurent in the less memorable Lucie Henbelle.

To bring Syndrome E to life – the first novel in a long series centered on the Sharko-Henebelle duo – TF1 and producer Sophie Révil (Les Petits Murders d’Agatha Christie, They 10) called on screenwriter Mathieu Missoffe, showing his ability to create unexpected atmospheres and universes off the beaten track with the Zone blanche nugget.

The plot of the series, which takes us from Paris to Canada, passing through Morocco, finds Sharko, a cruel and lonely policeman who cannot handle the mourning of his daughter, begins a difficult investigation to find the children, who mysteriously disappeared. Meanwhile, an old film from the 1960s provokes strange and dangerous behavior in those who watch it.

When Lucie Henebelle, a 35-year-old police officer and single mother, realizes that her past may be linked to Sharko’s investigation, she joins his team. Ready to leave, with him, on a journey to the edge of the strange from where they certainly will not return without damage.

After Rebecca, Luther, or Une si longue nuit, TF1 continues to push the cursor more than we are used to seeing on French television (excluding platforms) in terms of thrillers. And we ask for more.

Corpses with their brains torn out, heroes whose eyes begin to bleed, subliminal images hidden in an old amateur film à la Ring that evoke explosions of violence, disturbing clinics, or even experiment with kidnapped children … none of us survived and lovers of the glauous, sticky, and bloody thriller must overcome.

Obviously, the set cannot escape some more formatted sequences, but Syndrome E deals almost with horror, fantasy, and the strange that excites us and stands out from many French television dramas. .


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A Fascinating Investigative Duo You’ll Love

Mathieu Missoffe’s mastery of rhythm and suspense is complemented by Laure de Butler’s charming and stunning direction. A young director who cut his teeth on Profiling in particular and who, after The Promise, confirmed everything we thought of him well. And proves again that he has a real touch and a real sense of human drama, able to transcribe on the screen the darkness of the investigation and the wounds and torture of the souls of his characters.

Screenplay and formal qualities would be nothing without the talented performers to bring Sharko and Henebelle to life. For his big return as a hero of the series, seven years after the closing of No Limit, Vincent Elbaz is perfect in this tortured police mark, haunted by the ghost of his daughter and ready to explode even what minute

Faced with the ticking time bomb Sharko, Jennifer Decker, resident of the Comédie-Française, is the true revelation of the series in the role of Henebelle who, faced with a case that is not normal, begins to appear in the ask about brain surgery. he went through as a teenager. Determined to save those who can be saved – including himself? – before it’s too late and madness overtakes him.

A shock duo, which we hope to find in other seasons adapted to the following volumes of Thilliez, and especially complementing the performances of Kool Shen, Bérengère Krief, Samy Seghir, Emmanuelle Béart, rare on television , or also from Dominique Blanc in a particularly chilling role.

Find Syndrome E (6×52′) in its entirety on Salto now before it is broadcast on TF1 later this year.

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