In the time that’s passed between my last review of Disparue and this one, to say that quite a lot has happened would be a bit of an understatement. Just in the world of sport, it’s been a fairly packed couple of weeks.
To give you a brief round-up …
- The England football squad have been knocked out of this year’s Euro championship
- Andy Murray’s just won Wimbledon for the second time
- Portugal have just beaten France in the Euro 2016 final (such a shame France didn’t win this time!!)
Back in the world of culture, here’s my review of the final two episodes of the French series Disparue.
It finished a couple of weeks ago on BBC4, but it’s still available to watch on the iPlayer here if you’d like to have a watch (and to avoid getting caught out by any spoilers in this review!)
Now that the series has come to an end, the drawn-out process of finding out who murdered Léa Morel has concluded. Among all of the red herrings, surly police officers and intense family drama that we’ve seen along the way, we now know who the killer is and how Léa disappeared.
In episode seven, the police are on the trail of even more suspects. Now, it’s the turn of Marco Berti, Léa’s coach at the driving track where she trains, to be questioned by Commandant Molina and his colleague Camille.
When Berti isn’t being interrogated by the police, he faces the anger of Léa’s boyfriend Romain, who attacks him after finding out that he’d slept with Léa.
Berti tells the police – and gives them proof – that he was in Grenoble on the night that Léa was killed, which in theory leaves him with a decent alibi.
However, the police find out that he had possible motives for murdering Léa. And as he can’t prove his whereabouts between midnight and 10am on the morning after she went missing, this makes the police doubt him even more.
And at the end of the episode, there’s a particularly interesting titbit of evidence from Léa’s uncle that takes the police enquiry in a whole new direction.
As we get into the final episode, there’s a huge twist in the storyline. Not surprising perhaps for a crime series that’s led us down the garden path on more than occasion.
For all of its decoys and diversions – and a huge dollop of (clichéd?) Frenchness, with panoramic shots of central Lyon at dawn and scenes of diners chatting as they tuck into frites and platters of meat at the restaurant owned by Léa’s family – the series has definitely been compelling to watch. I thought the final twist was very effective, and didn’t see it coming at all.
For anyone who has a bit of free time this summer and fancies brushing up on their French, this isn’t a bad way to do it.
If you’ve been watching Disparue or if you’d like to watch it, let me know 🙂