The Crimson Rivers

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2018TV-MA
No case is too shocking or bizarre as two formidable detectives investigate extraordinary crimes in remote areas of France steeped in regional myths and cults of belief. From Walter Presents, in French with English subtitles.
Starring
Olivier MarchalErika SainteKen Duken
Subtitles
None available
Audio languages
Français

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  1. 1. The Last Hunt Part 1
    November 4, 2018
    50min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    A mutilated corpse is found during a forest hunting party and it seems the victim was the heir to a family fortune. As Niemans and Camille question his immediate circle, his sister is also targeted.
  2. 2. The Last Hunt Part 2
    November 25, 2018
    46min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    Niemans and Camille are put on the track of a curse that is rumored to be placed on the sons of the Von Geyersberg family. But are the rich clan members really the victims or is there a killer among them?
  3. 3. The Day of the Ashes Part 1
    November 25, 2018
    49min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    In a wine-growing region at harvest time, a battered corpse is discovered under rubble when a vault collapses during the renovation of a chapel, destroying a fresco. Was it an accident or foul play?
  4. 4. The Day of the Ashes Part 2
    December 2, 2018
    47min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    When Niemans obtains X-ray images of the damaged frescos, they provide further insight into the case, but does a missing fragment from the biblical scenes portrayed hold the key to the killer?
  5. 5. The Children's Crusade Part 1
    December 9, 2018
    47min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    When two men discover the severed hand of a child, Niemans and Camille find the local police distracted by the case of a serial killer armed with a rifle. Can they find clues at a children's home?
  6. 6. The Children's Crusade Part 2
    December 9, 2018
    49min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    Two more people are shot dead, in the cemetery: a married couple who took in foster children. But a quotation from an ancient tale about an ill-fated group of children on a memorial provides a clue.
  7. 7. Songs of Darkness Part 1
    December 17, 2018
    50min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    Niemans witnesses the death of a monk named Brother Guillaume who utters the words 'the sword and the snake' with his dying breath and has the palm of his left hand burned to hide a mysterious tattoo.
  8. 8. Songs of Darkness Part 2
    December 17, 2018
    46min
    TV-MA
    Audio languages
    Français
    It seems the monks believe they have discovered sinister secret messages in the ancient music they've been studying. As Camille and Niemans get closer to the truth, they encounter a satanic sect.

Bonus (1)

  1. Bonus: The Crimson Rivers - Introduction
    October 21, 2019
    2min
    NR
    Audio languages
    Français
    Walter Iuzzolino introduces viewers to the French drama series The Crimson Rivers. From Walter Presents, in French with English subtitles.

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Directors
Ivan FegyveresOlivier BarmaJulius Berg
Supporting actors
Nora WaldstattenKezbari Kelyan
Producers
Thomas AnargyrosFrederic BruneelSabine BarthelemyPhilipp Kreuzer
Season year
2018
Content advisory
Smokingsubstance usealcohol usenudityfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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3.2 out of 5 stars

25 global ratings

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Frank ThomasReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent!!
I highly recommend this series. Another example of why American mystery/dramas are so bad, compared to other countries' shows. I still think Scandinavian shows are the best, but France is definitely stepping up it's game. For putting out shows like this, La Mante, Black Spot, etc. I like the weirdness and supernatural aspect of this series and the Black Spot series. Well acted and produced. Try not to binge watch, may be awhile for the next series. Spread it out to make it last. Binge watch the countless UK shows, take your time and think with good ones like this!!
20 people found this helpful
hawthorne woodReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't care for it. Too stilted.
Didn't care for this "Rich people hunting accidental murder grouchy macho French detective with fey charming sidekick, self important German cop sultry society diva whodunnit whatever." It wasn't appealing enough for me. It felt starchy, scratchy and contrived. Just didn't feel like being buried in the woods in a glass house for the better part of a series. And frankly, my dear, I didn't give a d---n. Ennuyeux. Yawn.
10 people found this helpful
Raz BReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Can't Wait for Season 2
Excellent Series! I love British and European (Non-American) TV shows but sometimes the subtitles are more of a distraction trying to keep up with the dialog and you end up missing out on the visuals. This is not the case with this show. I don't speak or know the beautiful French language at all but I was able to follow along perfectly and not have to rewind once because I missed a scene or important action. The writing is fresh, original, intelligent, entertaining and comical, yes comical in a murder mystery. I became very attached to the characters and am hoping and really looking forward to a season 2.
7 people found this helpful
mary jo h williamsReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must See. Unlike any other show.
I love many shows in this genre. At the end of the episodes I was in awe of having been totally surprised at the reveal of what had taken place. Had me saying to myself that I didn't see that coming. Both main characters are brave, intelligent, and wonderfully enhance each other. Need to give this a chance. You will not be disappointed.
9 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Good Lead Characters, Terrible Writing and the Most Cliche Last Episode
Good Lead Characters, Terrible Writing and the Most Cliche, Nonsensical "Hammer Studio" Style Last Episode. For some reason the French do not seem to know how to make these kind of mystery series. I suppose this is their attempt to make a sort of "Bridge", but the police work looks sloppy, with three sentence interrogations of culprits that later turn out to be serial killers, all the while outfitting their leads in leather jackets while chain smoking. They always beat one suspect up, but get no answers. They break into hotel rooms, find blood on sheets but never call for backup. That would be enough for them to at least pull their weapons. There is usually some background of emotional pain for one of the officers, in this case Camille, but we know nothing about her older boss, who struts around like he owns the joint, and seems able to do the research of many officers in one night by reading one book (and why is that book still there when Dr. Haim is murdered for the same information?) In one episode he sleeps with the main suspect. Forget that they are constantly staying in houses or homes that are filled with possible suspects, while leaving important information out on beds with the doors open. We have watched many European mystery series and this will probably be last French one, as they are not very good. Too bad as the leads are good actors and have a great rapport. If you are in the mood for European mystery series, stay with the Northern ones. Watch the "Bridge", the first series of the "Cliff" (which is special), "Fortitude","All The Sins", "Rebecka Martinsson", "Trapped", "The Break" or if you have to watch a French show try "Black Spot" which is excellent, or "Witnesses".
2 people found this helpful
Movie LoverReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
WONDERFUL!
Absolutely grand series. Great cast, wonderfully written, and production value to die for! Bring on Seasons 2-10 please!
9 people found this helpful
Larry MoranReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A very good, adult police drama
Three stars plus rating. I liked this crime drama. The acting is good, and I liked the main characters. The murder mysteries are very interesting, and I was never able to guess who the guilty parties were, or their motives for committing the crimes. The detectives are French national police. Which means they investigate crimes in various parts of France. I liked the first season of the two that were available, the best. I think the female detective's character is treated better in the first season than it is in the second. In the second season, her "issues" are used as plot devices, that I think better writing would not have used to further the plots. I think one of the main flaws in the series, is the use of certain tropes. Detectives going off individually on their own, rather than working as a team. This gives the writers an opportunity to add drama and violence to scenes. I would like to see more of this series if more seasons are produced.
EvaReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A decent start
I did enjoy the first season of this French series, despite some stereotypical Frenchness (like the detectives randomly sleeping with people they should not be sleeping with in the first episode, or the female character having to be 'saved' a couple of times). The plot lines were weird and creative enough to hold my interest, though I'm not sure they can keep it up in the next season, as the first two storylines were decidedly better than the following two.
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