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The empire of the series. “Moloch”, highly flammable series


Olivier Gourmet plays Gabriel, a psychiatrist with a painful past in “Moloch” (SOFIE SILBERMANN)

In a gray seaside town that evokes Scandinavian thrillers, strangers die unexplainedly catching fire. Soon Moloch, the name of the deity of vengeful justice appears on the city walls. An ambitious intern journalist tries to understand and joins forces with a grieving and tortured psychiatrist.

There is something which is not working, which is giving way, which is igniting in our society

Arnaud Malherbe, co-author and director of “Moloch”

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Moloch, in 6 episodes available on arte, and in full on arte.tv.is a strange fantasy tale in the form of a thriller. A series that wants to be political. Because if strangers die by catching fire, it is for the director Arnaud Malherbe the reflection of our society: “There is something that is not working, which is giving way, which is igniting. It is the question of what is the scale of injustices, and whether it is possible. for a world and a collective organization to hold on by being structured on such terrifying injustices, whether social, or on the destruction of ecology and living things in general “.

The character interested me, the universe, the mystery, the thriller, the danger, the suspense, I am fond of it.

Olivier Gourmet, Gabriel in “Moloch”

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Marine Vacth embodies the journalist ready for anything. At his side, Olivier Gourmet, interpretation prize at Cannes for The son of the Dardenne brothers, plays Gabriel, a calm and twisted man. This is his first major role in a series:

Gabriel is a psychiatrist who has a painful and difficult past, which he finds it difficult to let go, because the loss of a child is always complicated. And in the series, the question is: who is he compared to these people who are on fire?

And add: “The character interested me, the universe, the mystery, the thriller, the danger, the suspense, I am fond of it: I am a thriller reader. I liked the colors, the images, the places, the sets , the North Sea. It was full of mystery and I found it really interesting. “

An atmosphere composed with care by the director Arnaud Malherbe: “There was really a desire to work very hard on the depth of field, to try to wipe it down, to make everything strange, bizarre, organic, sensitive.

The story in Moloch is subtly distilled. The series has just received the award for best screenplay at the Festival Canneseries.

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