Do Public Enemy, The Break and Beau Séjour herald a new wave in Belgian crime drama?

beausecc81jourvisual-mip-1It seems we can’t move for crime drama from the continent these days, thanks to the likes of BBC4 and Walter Presents to name but two broadcasters, and word reaches us from our friends at that one of the next big things could be coming from Belgium. We’ve already had Cordon, Matrioshki and, perhaps most successfully, Salamander, but now have something that sounds right up our winter-Saturday-night-at-9pm street.

Variety, who rather over-enthusiastically it has to be said, is proclaiming that Belgium is the new Scandinavia when it comes to crime drama (not sure about that, but I’ll leave that there for now), especially now that the government has introduced new incentives to boost homegrown production (no doubt noticing how much more of an international market there now is for this sort of thing).

Anyway, Beau Séjour.

Introducing the world to one of its first TV living dead sleuths who to boot investigates her own murder, “Beau Sejour” kicks in as Kato, a 19-aged-girl suddenly wake in a dingy hotel – Beau Séjour— head sodden in in blood. In the bathroom, she discovers credulously her own corpse. As someone tries to get back into the hotel room, she escapes through a window and, with few people able to see her, and the police a motley incompetent crew, begin to try to determine her murderer.

The buzz around Beau Séjour follows the MipDrama award-winning Public Enemy, which “charts the impact on a community of an ex-child killer’s release from prison. He is given shelter at the local monastery – just as a new wave of child murders breaks out. Some community members want to take justice into their own hands. The female cop on the case is equally conflicted, having had her own younger sister disappear when she was a small girl.”

Allied to these two is The Break, “a black comedic thriller explores the circumstance surrounding the murder of a 19-year-old football player. The investigation is headed by an inspector who has just been moved to Heiderfeld, a small town of a few thousand inhabitants in Belgium’s Ardennes.”

They all sound pretty good. Looks like Belgium is a country to look out for when it comes to new crime drama.


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