TF1 is launching “Mensonges” this evening, its back-to-school event series carried, among others, by Audrey Fleurot, Arnaud Ducret, Alice David, Amaury de Crayencour, and Olivia Côte. An effective thriller adapted from the British drama “Liar, the night of lies”.
What is it about ?
Renowned surgeon, Thomas decides to offer an appointment to Jeanne, a newly single professor and sister of one of his colleagues. The evening seems to be going wonderfully. However, in the early morning, Jeanne claims to have been raped. Thomas, surprised by these accusations, proclaims his innocence …
Every Thursday at 9:05 p.m. on TF1 from September 2, and already available in full on Salto. 6 episodes seen out of 6
Who is it with?
Crowned with the success of HPI a little earlier this year, Audrey Fleurot finds TF1 for a new series, Mensonges, which is none other than the French adaptation of Liar, la nuit du mensonge, in which she plays Jeanne, a teacher who accuses a renowned surgeon of having raped her. A role that was held in the original British series by Joanne Froggatt.
The doctor in question, played by Ioan Gruffudd (Forever, Dr Harrow) in Liar, is here played by Arnaud Ducret who, after An ordinary man on M6, freely adapted from the Dupont de Ligonnès affair, once again finds a role quite dark on the small screen.
Faced with the two headliners of Mensonges, viewers will also find a very nice cast since the series brings together Alice David, Amaury de Crayencour, Olivia Côte, Lionnel Astier, Cyril Gueï, Anne Azoulay, and Jean-Stan du Pac.
Well worth a look ?
After I promise you, Luther, A man of honor, or Plan B, TF1 offers this Thursday evening a new adaptation of a foreign series with Mensonges, his new fiction event for the start of the 2021 school year which tackles the subject of consent and violence made to women through the story of Jeanne, a freshly separated literary teacher whose life turns into a nightmare when she wakes up, after an evening spent with a colleague of her sister, in the certainty that the latter has it drugged then raped.
Ultra effective, the first three episodes (out of six in total) oppose the two versions of Jeanne and Thomas and push the viewer to constantly wonder who is lying and who is telling the truth. Because neither of the two characters, faced with the accusations of the other and the questions of the police, seems ready to let go.
Beyond its exciting rhythm and its face to face at the top between Andrey Fleurot and Arnand Ducret, Mensonges stands out as a fine example of a post-Me Too detective series, which shows how much the words of rape victims or of harassment is still too often questioned.
Audrey Fleurot excels once again after the HPI phenomenon and brings a force and an implacable determination to the character, which finally allows her without too much difficulty to make forget the score of Joanne Froggatt in Liar. Arnand Ducret, unconvincing in An Ordinary Man, is also very good here in the role of Thomas, this surgeon surrounded by gray areas, even if the character’s writing and his acting are less convincing in the second part of the season .
Around them, Alice David, Amaury de Crayencour, and Anne Azoulay also come out with honors, in the skin of Jeanne’s sister, the latter’s ex-companion, and Thomas’ lawyer. . While the cop duo composed of Olivia Côte and Lionnel Astier literally bursts the screen and offers us many succulent scenes.
The only thing that can really be faulted with Lies is its less successful second half of the season, which is sorely lacking in subtlety and falls into the easy, uninspired thriller. A defect that was already present in Liar, past the revelation of the guilt, or not, of the male hero, which intervenes halfway. A scenario choice a bit unfortunate, so much this question could have animated in a breathtaking way the whole of the story.
As for those who have already seen Liar, they will not necessarily want to immerse themselves in Lies which, remake obliges, tells broadly the same story. Especially since the original series itself was already broadcast on TF1 a few years ago. The decision to adapt it to the same channel is therefore somewhat astonishing.
The writers of Lies, Alexandra Julhiet and Laurent Vignon, however, had the good idea to change several elements of the plot, going as far as to create an important character that did not exist in Liar. The impression of déjà vu is therefore somewhat attenuated for those who have already seen the original and will thus be able to play the game of 7 differences.
But despite its very good cast and its rather captivating appearance, Mensonges is above all recommended for fans of detective series and thrillers who have not seen the fiction of which it is the adaptation and will let themselves be fully carried away – on the first episodes at least – in this story where appearances are necessarily somewhat deceptive.