The world of crime is mysterious and deadly, especially when viewed through the eyes of a writer. Stories based on real life events will take over Eurochannel’s programming with a gripping and amusing series about policemen, murderers, romance, sex, drugs and conspirators through ingenious French filmmaking. Welcome to the Suite Noire.
Suite Noire is a collection of eight films, each the fruit of an encounter between a novelist and a filmmaker, the latter given carte blanche to adapt one of the published novels. Each film is a hard-boiled crime story in the B-movie tradition. In addition, the series explores the nuances of various cinematic genres, from high farce to social criticism, by way of moral (or immoral) fables, the macabre and the romantic.
Suite Noire takes a dark and ironic look at contemporary society, at its shady, seedy parts and murky motives. In every episode — or film, in this case — the lives of decent citizens or delinquents, fake innocents or total bastards, serial-killers or inept murderers, are intertwined in outrageous stories, some based on real events.
The series was first aired in France on prime time — on Arte and TV5 — to great acclaim by the press and critics, and boasts outstanding performances by César and Molière award-winning actors such as Manuel Blanc, Julie-Marie Parmentier, and Niels Arestrup, among others.
Eurochannel invites you to discover some of the darkest stories ever written in modern France, and be thrilled by the stunning films made of them in a unique series presented for the first time in America.
|Cast:||Francis Renaud, Lubna Azabal, Niels Arestrup, Manuel Blanc|
|Directors:||Orso Miret, Emmanuelle Bercot Laurent Bouhnik, Guillaume Nicloux|
|Original Title:||Suite Noire|
|Genre:||Thriller, Drama, Crime|
|Synopsis:||This series presents a collection of film noirs that explore social and psychosocial disorders in contemporary society. Each film is the result of a collaboration between a filmmaker and a writer whose story appears in the book collection Suite Noire.|
|Cast:||Francis Renaud, Lubna Azabal, Yann Tregout|
|Original Title:||On achève bien les disc-jockeys|
|Synopsis:||When a corrupt police force recruits him to infiltrate a gang of criminals, Manu (Francis Renaud) is caught in a vicious cycle, one from which he may not easily escape.|
|Cast:||Niels Arestrup, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Christine Citti, Pierre-Félix Gravière|
|Original Title:||Tirez sur le caviste|
|Synopsis:||An unlikely encounter between a gourmet wine producer and a rebellious young girl living on the fringe, which he takes on as a cook. Monsters both, neither one knows what secrets the other is hiding… While she and her girlfriend are pulling off hold-ups to raise cash for opening their own bar, he kills his wife for serving him a bad céleri rémoulade. Through the Monbazillac vines a game of cat and mouse ensues, while the simpleton farmhand looks on. Scenes of gastronomy alternate with scenes of murder… and the outcome is always uncertain.|
|Cast:||Manuel Blanc, Jackie Berroyer, Karole Rocher, Philippe Duquesne, Michel Muller|
|Original Title:||Vitrage à la corde|
|Synopsis:||Following an unlucky car accident in which a young woman is burnt alive, Gabriel struggles to avoid the blame for the crime. In the end, he starts to get on pretty well with death, murdering left, right, and center. He doesn’t skimp when his freedom is at stake. But a cop is constantly getting under his feet, and seems determined to trip him up. When a real serial killer gets in on one act, Gabriel finds it all a little too much to handle.|
|Cast:||Aïssa Maïga, Samir Guesmi, Laurentine Milebo, Alain Dzukam|
|Original Title:||Quand la ville mord|
|Synopsis:||Sara, a budding artist, arrives at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Three months pass, servicing customers for Omar the pimp and Madame Brigitte. Sara meets Tramson, a former youth worker, who promises to help her break free once she’s paid off when she owes. On Christmas, Sara finds her cousin dead, all their savings gone. Though Tramson helps at times, Brigitte’s thugs are on her trail…|
|Cast:||Antoine Chappey, Léo Grandperret, Maryline Canto, Agnès Soral|
|Original Title:||La musique de papa|
|Synopsis:||When a teenage boy breaks free from his uptight mother and struggling music producer father, how does he channel all that righteous adolescent rage? Through rock’n’roll, a love shared by both father and son. The bond between them starts to flourish, and then it becomes strained as the darkness closes in.|
|Cast:||Ysae, Gérard Meylan, Sara Biasini, Maeva Pasquali|
|Original Title:||Le débarcadère des anges|
|Synopsis:||Corbucci, a private detective of Corsican and Ivoirian descent, hasn’t picked an easy case for his first investigation. Smitten by a gorgeous blonde from Geneva, he tackles a huge scam organized by a network of police, politicians and mafia in Marseille. For a first job, that means a lot of enemies all at once. Fortunately an old – but not bent – cop is keeping a close eye on him.|
|Cast:||Clément Hervieu-Leger, Yves Verhoeven, Pascal Bongard, Nicolas Jouhet|
|Original Title:||La reine des connes|
|Synopsis:||The first time Emmanuel(le) wanted to jump from a window, he was seven years old. The second time was only a few seconds ago. And all because he wanted a sex change! Thanks to his lover and a few other friends, he was going to pay for a flight to Bangkok, where he could pay for an appendectomy . Trouble is, as with many things, deadly jumps always come in threes.|
|Cast:||Laurent Stocker, Clotilde Hesme, Léa Drucker, Michel Aumont, Judith Chemla|
|Original Title:||Envoyez la fracture|
|Synopsis:||Ambroise Fridelance, a failed illustrator specializing in the covers of cheap paperbacks, thinks he can get his head back above water by selling a family heirloom and soon finds himself caught up in the inner dealings of the world of auction sales. Little does anyone know, his vengeance will be terrible!|