Marianne has turned out to be one of the year's most satisfying surprises.
Who fancies a good scare?
Let's face it, who doesn't fancy kicking back and feeling the fear every once in a while, all from the comfort of our own home. It's been a great few years for horror fans, there's no doubt. We've seen new, exceptionally talented directors emerge, from the likes of Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) to Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us).
However, horror hasn't just seen great days on the big screen, but on the small screen too. That's right... genre fans have seen some really awesome shows in recent memory, and actually, the best example comes from Netflix. In 2018, audiences were treated in time for Halloween with Mike Flanagan's (Oculus, Hush) The Haunting of Hill House. It balances scares, solid characters and much more.
Approaching the spooky season - but a little earlier this time - Netflix has given us Marianne, a horror series from France. It centres upon a young novelist named Emma (Victoire Du Bois) who discovers that the creations she conjures in her horror work exist in reality.
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Where is Marianne filmed?
Horror is all about creating an atmosphere, and in this aim, Marianne is a roaring success.
Why? For a number of reasons, one of those being an expert eye for pitch-perfect locations. Samuel Bodin's series boasts some gorgeous and hypnotic cinematography which makes remarkable use of the locations, so let's take a look at where those are.
According to Atlas of Wonders, it was shot on location in Paris and Brittany (Bretagne), which is the historic province in northwestern France. Although the narrative is set in Elden - which is a fictional village - it's filmed in Doëlan, which is a harbour town in the commune of Clohars-Carnoët.
The same source highlights a range of locations there recognisable in the series, such as the lighthouses. Although, it's revealed that one was actually just CGI. One which was real, though, is the Cap Fréhel lighthouse in Plévenon, which is the demoniac lighthouse which appears medieval.
The sunset scene from the second episode was reportedly shot by the sixteenth century cross between Le Pouldu et Doëlan, La Croix de La Grange.
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It's also noted that the Chapel of St. Anne of Doëlan was used for the Xavier church.
It looks like a really old building, but actually, it was finished in 1951 - pretty hard to believe! Nevertheless, the location really adds something.
A number of Paris locations were used to shoot in, with one identifiable place being the Guimet Museum, which boasts a renowned and impressive collection of Asian art - the location was used as Les Éditions Mügen in the series.
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Who's in the cast?
As you surely gathered, Marianne isn't exactly filled with A-list actors, but there's some real talent on display across the eight episodes.
Sometimes not knowing the actors actually plays to the horror genre's strength; it can feel a lot more believable when you're not looking at a performer you've already seen in countless roles. Victoire Du Bois does a stellar job as Emma, and has actually previously starred in the likes of Call Me by Your Name (she played Chiara), 2019's I Lost My Body and more.
Inspector Rauman is portrayed by Alban Lenoir, who you eagle-eyed viewers may have recognised from efforts like 2008's Taken (Security Agent). He was also in The Informant, The Shiny Shrimps and more.
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