- Actors: Caroline Proust, Philippe Duclos, Audrey Fleurot, Grégory Fitoussi, Thierry Godard
- Directors: Philippe Triboit, Pascal Chaumeil
- Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 4
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: MHz Networks
- DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
- Run Time: 392 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00AQN7QYY
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Spiral (Engrenages)- Season 1
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In French with English Subtitles Originally released in France as Engrenages, the hard hitting Parisian cop thriller Spiral became a blockbuster sensation across all of Europe and Australia, winning awards and commendations from TV France, The Royal Television Society in the UK, and from The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the US. Fans around the world embraced its compelling story and naturalistic style, which even spawned a popular video game.
Intentionally monochromatic photography, starkly filmed decomposing corpses, autopsies and intense interrogations set the tone for this gritty, realistic cop show. It's a police thriller that reveals society's ever changing codes of law: a dark series with constant and increasing tension. Season 1 begins with beautiful young woman found dead at the public dump, her face beaten to a pulp by her killer. Leading the investigation, Pierre Clement, young recently-named public prosecutor, teams up with Police Captain Laure Berthaud and examining magistrate Judge Roban. They try to solve the horrendous crime before them: a muddy affair, combining prostitution, drugs, business and politics. As Clement, Berthaud and Roban work together to see justice done, each with his own methods and beliefs, and each dealing with his own personal demons, the situation become inextricable. Their relationships are complicated, as only the closest of friends and enemies can be. Three equally important lead characters, three different lives, three visions of justice.
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But this is still a favorite. It's a little like a French version of Law & Order, except better. Not as formulaic, better writing and acting, not as much court time (more about behind the scenes and the Public Defenders interfacing with the police), more complex and nuanced stories - they don't assume the viewer needs everything spelled out and spoon fed. Also you will learn a little about how the French justice system operates a bit differently than the American. I'd say Spiral is more comparable to The Wire, although that show is really in a league of its own.
Many of the cases deal with current political and social issues facing France and other European countries. Judge Roban has become a highlight, especially as the series goes on (I'm into Season 4 now). If you liked any of the other hit Euro crime dramas - Wallander, Forbrydelsen, Broen - definitely check this one out!
The story is complex, as are the characters--very realistic. I saw the review of someone who compared the excellence of Spiral to that of The Wire, and I would agree. Along with the threads of the stories themselves, there is the added fascination of learning a bit about the French justice system and different social classes.
My husband and I zipped through Season 1; we were quickly addicted. Spiral Season 2 seems just as gripping. Fine writing, complex characters, some introduction to French society and justice, and compelling story lines; this fine series has them all.
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