Spiral

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In French with English subtitles. A beautiful young woman is found dead at a dump, her face beaten to a pulp. Leading the investigation is Pierre Clement, a recently-named public prosecutor, who teams up with Police Captain Laure Berthaud and examining magistrate Judge Roban to tackle the horrendous crime before them.
Starring
Caroline ProustGregory FitoussiPhilippe Duclos
Genres
InternationalSuspense
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
Français

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  1. 1. Spiral Season 1: Episode 1
    December 13, 2005
    48min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. The brutally-beaten body of a young Romanian woman is found at a dump. Deputy Public Prosecutor Pierre Clement teams up with Police Captain Laure Berthaud and examining magistrate Francois Roban to investigate, and they slowly uncover a web of corruption tied to local politics, prostitution and drugs.
  2. 2. Spiral Season 1: Episode 2
    December 13, 2005
    51min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. Laure Berthaud's team investigates the murder of a baby.
  3. 3. Spiral Season 1: Episode 3
    December 20, 2005
    51min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. The charred body of a well-known businessman is found in his home.
  4. 4. Spiral Season 1: Episode 4
    December 20, 2005
    49min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. The web of names involved in the brutal murder of Elina Andrescu widens.
  5. 5. Spiral Season 1: Episode 5
    December 27, 2005
    48min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. Elina Andrescu's missing sister, Sophia, is found in a freezer.
  6. 6. Spiral Season 1: Episode 6
    December 27, 2005
    48min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. Pierre Clemente initiates divorce proceedings from his wife.
  7. 7. Spiral Season 1: Episode 7
    January 3, 2006
    49min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. Pierre Clemente finally resolves to have his friend Benoit Faye arrested.
  8. 8. Spiral Season 1: Episode 8
    January 3, 2006
    47min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Français
    French with English subtitles. Benoit Faye is in intensive care following an assassination attempt.

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Directors
Philippe TriboitPascal Chaumeil
Supporting actors
Fred BianconiThierry GodardAudrey Fleurot
Producers
André BouvardAlain Clert
Season year
2006
Network
MHz Networks
Content advisory
Alcohol usesexual contentnuditysmokingsubstance useviolence
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prisrobReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Spiral is a French police procedural, that goes beyond the nitty gritty. Much of the series takes place outside of the offices. But when we do go in the detectives offices are bleak and dirty. Even though the series is filmed in color, it is dark so it seems to be filmed in black and white. The first episode can be the one that makes or breaks the series. In the first series we come to get to know the characters involved. The detectives all have their own stories, and it seems these people all have secrets, and learning about them all brings us closer to the group. We also meet the lawyers, the judges and the official hierarchy of these professions.

Deputy Prosecutor Pierre Clement, played by Gregory Fitoussi, is the first person we meet after we see a mutilated naked body. The head police detective Laure Berthaud played by Caroline Proust, is very professional on duty, but in her private life, quite the opposite. One issue that drove me crazy through the four series I have seen is that Laure has no sense of herself, her hair is always a mess, and she wears clothes right off the floor, and,she is looking for Love in most of the wrong places. The other two main detectives Tintin and Gilou, have such interesting lives you need to see them.

In the first series the main crime is the death of young women, their mutilated bodies found in different places. There are other crimes, and we have a glimpse into the French criminal system and the corruption inherent. How these characters react to these situations is the stuff that makes this series so worthwhile.

Recommended. prisrob 10-12-17
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Em PemReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Fantastic show. Great casting and acting, addictive little theme song, good stories. Some really gory scenes though, just as a warning. They are not afraid to show very mutilated bodies, and it's that typical thing of course where they're pretty much all women (a habit of many crime shows).

But this is still a favorite. It's a little like a French version of Law & Order, except better. Not as formulaic, better writing and acting, not as much court time (more about behind the scenes and the Public Defenders interfacing with the police), more complex and nuanced stories - they don't assume the viewer needs everything spelled out and spoon fed. Also you will learn a little about how the French justice system operates a bit differently than the American. I'd say Spiral is more comparable to The Wire, although that show is really in a league of its own.

Many of the cases deal with current political and social issues facing France and other European countries. Judge Roban has become a highlight, especially as the series goes on (I'm into Season 4 now). If you liked any of the other hit Euro crime dramas - Wallander, Forbrydelsen, Broen - definitely check this one out!
21 people found this helpful
M. TeaterReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
but also because of the fine acting skills of the cast
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When I saw that the production was in French with English subtitles, I was dismayed because so many times, the color of the subtitles makes them hard to read against the background of the scene. However, I had no problem with the subtitles in Spiral, not only because of their clarity, but also because of the fine acting skills of the cast.

The story is complex, as are the characters--very realistic. I saw the review of someone who compared the excellence of Spiral to that of The Wire, and I would agree. Along with the threads of the stories themselves, there is the added fascination of learning a bit about the French justice system and different social classes.

My husband and I zipped through Season 1; we were quickly addicted. Spiral Season 2 seems just as gripping. Fine writing, complex characters, some introduction to French society and justice, and compelling story lines; this fine series has them all.
15 people found this helpful
PANReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is an excellent series!
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This is an excellent series!! Europe has the United States beat when it comes to thriller series. There is depth to their acting and plots compared to America. America seems to have more fluff, not much substance to their series.
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nanReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mon Dieu ! Riveting.
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I'm so into Spiral. The Actors are first rate, the plot and sub-plots keep me coming back for more . This is Not Hollywood style. Actors look like people you would meet on the street. You do get to see more or less how the Justice system operates in France.
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George M. SharrowReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The good guys aren't always good and the bad guys have ...
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They don't pull any punches. The good guys aren't always good and the bad guys have their reasons. Very well done. Some of the early episodes are really gruesome but I think that the director figured that out and eventually made an adjustment to clean it up. Something like this could never be produced on American television because of it's blending of black and white. The actors here are superb. Good Show get beyond the blood and you'll be fine.
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R. Allen WalkerReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show, but included in Hulu subscription price!!!:-)
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Intense positive and negative emotional interaction between believable characters, involved intense fast paced action, set in modern Paris. We paid $1.99 for each episode, but found it included in subscription price of Hulu. Hulu has the best pause and rewind screen controls of all the streaming media.
SusanReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow! Good series.
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Watched every single episode - and they were all with subtitles! Great series, full of surprises and twists and turns. You think Cops and Lawyers - Law and Order, but oh, no! Very good - but something like 40 episodes! Highly recommend!
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