Les Temoins is sort of a detective show where Sandra is the main character. In her town, there has recently been 2 crime scenes where the culprit is taking already dead bodies and putting them in different locations. She works with her crew to unmask the individual that is responsible for the bizarre actions.
The argument made through the film could be how the police system is in France versus America, as well as the difference/similarity in crimes. There was no real lesson to be learned from it, at least that I could see.
I think the series gives off a different aspect of the French world because it is a lot different than the films that we previously watched. In my opinion it was very similar to the American criminal detective shows, like criminal minds. Although, it is similar to American series, I feel it had its own French twist to it. The scenes were not as gory as say, Criminal Minds is depicted in the episodes here.
I enjoyed the series, I like watching criminal minds and shows that are similar. Therefore, I liked the similarity that this series had to the American series. I was surprised by how it was very similar. I would have expected it to be different since the films that we have watched, are way different than Americanized films.I could see myself continuing to watch the series later on, I wanted to keep watching because I was interested to know the ending. I would recommend it to people who enjoy watching criminal minds because it is not far from it.
I like your comparison between the American and French crime shows. The french is definitely less gory than the US crime shows from what we watched.
I noticed that it was less gory too!! I was also surprised that the series is so similar to American crime shows.
This series is called Les Temoins or Witnesses in english. This series is very similar to american detective shows and I think that’s why I liked it so much. In this episode, someone had dug up corpse and placed them in a home that was previously owned by one of the old chief detectives. In this episode they're trying to figure who did this and why. This series is also a continuing story throughout the episodes, which keeps people watching.
Halfway through the episode I thought that the old chief who had gotten into an ‘accident’, was guilty of doing this. But at the final minutes of the episode I realize that the detectives were probably right in the beginning of the episode when they said someone was trying to attack the old chief.
Something that I found interesting was in the intro, they had the women come face to face with a wolf. Later in the episode, the dad of the family found in the construction area said that he saw a wolf. I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not, but it just had me very curious.
I really liked this series and will probably continue watching. I usually turn on NCIS or CSI when I’m bored so this show is right up my alley. The whole mystery behind the old chief has me intrigued and wanting to know more. I would recommend this to others who like me, enjoy crime shows.
I agree with you that it is a very interesting series and it is definitely something to continue watching
I liked it because it was so similar to the American crime shows I watch!
Les Temoins is a modern French crime/detective series set in a small, coastal town. Main character Sandra is put on the case of a grave digger posing bodies in local model homes. The story of the first episode follows the initial stages of the investigation into these crimes. Based on my first impression of the series, it seems to possess many similarities to American shows of the same genre. However, one difference that I did notice is the lack of scenes including explicit violence, such as scenes depicting the murders themselves. Out of the entire hour-long episode, there was only one scene that occurred during the last few minutes in which an investigator is shot at but not killed. This is in direct opposition to the typical theme of most American crime shows. American media is often ridden with exaggerated, and frequently unnecessary, violence and gore. As someone who enjoys shows such as Criminal Minds that depict one perspective of the American federal criminal justice system, it was interesting to watch a similar show depicting the system in France. While I have only watched one episode as of right now, I fully intend to continue on with the series. Overall, it was somewhat surprising to me how similar this show really is to American television. Both America and France are Western countries, so they are bound to have similarities, but it has been my experience that the fundamentals of the two cultures are rather distinct from one another. I look forward to watching more episodes and looking for more similarities and differences between what is depicted in the show and my own cultural knowledge.
I also enjoyed the fact that it was similar to criminal shows in America. I liked how you pointed out that Americanized ones, are much more exaggerated.
I like how you brought up the difference how in American media there is so much gore. I enjoyed the fact that there was not gore in the show.
Les Temoins is a detective/crime series set up in a small coastal town in modern France. Sandra is the detective on the case of corpses being dumped in a home once owned by a past chief detective. This episode focuses on the suspects and their motives, but the story continues into the other episodes to keep people watching! I really enjoyed this show because I like shows like Law and Order, which was similar to this one. However, this series was less gory than a typical American crime show. I was fascinated to see the topic of crime depicted in France because it isn’t something that you always think of. I also didn’t know how similar this series would be to American ones. I will probably watch the whole series because I enjoyed it. I would suggest it to anyone that enjoyed crime shows like Criminal Minds, NCIS and CSI.
I’d like to keep watching as well to see if there is actually a difference in the crimes between America and the US.
Les Temoins (Witnesses in English) is a detective/crime series similar to the many shows here in the U.S. that are of that particular genre. This show however has own twist and originality to it that I have not seen before. A few examples of this is the lack of gore as well as the continuation of one crime throughout the episode. Instead of doing the latter, American shows typically solve a crime within one episode which eventually may play into a bigger role in the overall plot. I believe that this is the directors way of of stating a more realistic perspective to the characters and detective career. I was greatly surprised with how the male characters treated Sandra (the main character). Over the past few years female cops/detectives have shown stronger and more important roles that come with respect where as in les Tremoins the male characters are more hesitant with Sandra. I would like to learn more about female cops/detectives and the how crimes are solved and resolved in France. definitely expected a different view on this from France and was a bit disappointed. Overall I enjoyed this series and would recommend this to friends who also enjoy crime/detective shows!
I like how you noted the way that males treated Sandra. I agree in that things are changing in terms of female equality as time progresses, but it still was a little annoying to see how they were hesitant with Sandra.
Les Temoins is a crime show that can be compared to many of the United States crime shows as well. Sandra is the detective on the case in this episode. This reminded me of Benson from Law and Order SVU, a female taking a larger role rather than the males. And by dragging the crimes throughout the show reminds of the the style from Criminal Minds. The series is different from the U.S. because it does not appeal to the emotions of being frightened as much because they do no use as much gore in their scenes. I would definitively recommend this to someone.
Les Temoins, Witnesses in English, is a crime/thriller police series. The show takes place in Le Treport, a small coastal town in northeast France. It opens with a crime scene of three dead bodies placed strategically in a new home. Once Sandra and the police, show up to investigate they find out that they are actually dead bodies robbed from their graves. Further investigation into the cases shows that the former police chief, Paul Maisonneuve is tied to the crimes. At first I did not like the show very much, but by the end of the first episode going into the second episode I quite enjoyed it! I think the reason I did not like it at first was the slow pace of the beginning and Sandra’s personal characteristics being off-setting and stand off-ish. Once I saw more of her home life and interactions with other characters she began to grow on me. I like how the show is set in a small coastal town versus a major city like France or Marseille. This might be a silly observation, but I noticed that the police in the show just have normal cars with sirens on top. Then they have normal jackets with the red “Policier” patch on the arm. Is this to make themselves more discrete in public? The way the police handled things in the show seemed to be somewhat relaxed yet efficient compared to how American police handle crimes. I love watching Criminal Minds, Bones, NCIS and Law & Order SVU so this will be on my watch list to continue (watched up to the 4th episode).
I like your comparisons of American and French police cars. I noticed this difference too!
This show, called Les Temoins, was a show depicting crime within France, and essentially how the French police systems and detectives respond to it. Specifically, this show followed Sandra, a detective, who is put on a case involving corpses that were removed from graves and put elsewhere. This specific episode follows this case and illustrates the detectives' effort in trying to find out who commit the crime. This show is quite similar to the American show, Criminal Minds. Though I had never gotten into the American version of this show, I found this French version quite intriguing. The large level of suspense, as well as the intriguing mystery kept me interested while watching.
It was, however, quite different from American thriller and police films and shows, which was actually pretty refreshing to me. Something I noticed right away was the lack of violence depicted in the show. American films and shows usually glamorize violence and sex, and so it was really great to see that this French show did not focus on those aspects. It helped me relate this back to French and American culture- because media outlets in America largely illustrate violence, gore, and sex, it can be insinuated that Americans primary watch shows to witness these scenarios. However, because French films and shows do not depict such instances as often, their culture is not as dependent or reliant on these scenes to produce a good film. And that is something that I greatly enjoyed while watching this show. Overall, I feel that I will continue watching.
This show is a procedural crime drama. The first episode featured three bodies that were found in a new home. One of the main characters is a female detective and they partially focused on her struggle to find acceptance and support amongst the department.
This show was a grittier version of many American procedurals like NCIS and Law & Order. Despite the impression that this would have aired here in the latest slot available, there was no glorification of violence or death. I thought that was a very interesting juxtaposition. I found it interesting how casual the feel of the police officers were, here they are depicted as strong heroes while Witnesses depicted them as much more human. I will definitely continue to watch this show.