“Syndrome E”: a hellish cast for a terrifying dive into the world of mental manipulation

A terrifying dive into the world of mental manipulation and neuroscience: this is what “
“, a new series to be discovered for the first time from Wednesday, September 21, on Tipik. Composed of six episodes (broadcast at the rate of two per week), this fiction will also be offered on TF1 from Thursday 29 September.

At the heart of the plot, we find two cops who have teamed up, Franck Sharko and Lucie Henebelle. The first is a gruff and lonely investigator, haunted by the ghost of his daughter. The second is a single mother, who had brain surgery when she was a teenager following a motorcycle accident. His past seems to be linked to a dark case of brain mutilation that Sharko is investigating. To this are added other elements which seem relatively dissociable, but which could guide the two police officers in their investigation: mysterious cases of disappearances of children in Morocco and an old amateur film shot in the 1960s in Canada, which triggers strange, even paranormal reactions in those who watch it.

To embody the many characters in this story as tortuous as it is fascinating, TF1 has called on a host of actors who are both popular and prestigious. In the skin of Franck Sharko, Vincent Elbaz pops the screen. The actor gives the reply to Jennifer Decker, of the Comédie-Française, who brilliantly lends her features to Lucie Henebelle. By their side, Emmanuelle Beart plays a head of the ruthless crime squad. Michele Bernier, meanwhile, is Lucie’s mother. The rapper Kool Shen, the comedian Bérengère Krief, the star of “Neuilly sa mère! “ Samy Seghir, the son of Coluche Marius Colucci and Dominique Blanc, of the Comédie-Française, complete this very nice cast. Note also the exceptional participation of Richard Bohringerstill active at 80.

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Directed by Laure de Butler (“The promise”, “Profiling”), “Syndrome E” is a thrilling thriller that flirts with fantasy and science fiction. Perfectly handling the codes of the supernatural thriller, this series is inspired by Franck Thilliez’s eighth novel, “Le Syndrome E”, released in 2010 by Fleuve Noir.

It’s the very first time a best-selling book by the best-selling author has been adapted for television… and it may not be the last. Indeed, five years ago, the writer revealed to TV Magazine that the production company Escazal Films (“The Little Murders of Agatha Christie”) was working on adaptations of his literary saga “Sharko & Henebelle”. There was already talk of a series around the book “Le Syndrome E”, but also its sequel “Gataca”. A total of twelve novels make up this collection. Enough to leave the embarrassment of choice to producers interested in the works of this new master of thrillers.

But Franck Thilliez is not at his first attempt on television. The fourth most read writer in France is also a screenwriter for the small screen. We owe him in particular the police soap opera “Alex Hugo”, with Samuel Le Bihan, on France3 and the front page, or the miniseries “The promise of fire”, seen in 2016 and 2017 on RTBF and France2. In the early 2010s, he also tried his hand at writing television films for France Télévisions, such as “Obsessions”, “Insoupçonnable” and “Ligne de mire”.

“Syndrome E”, Wednesday September 21, 8:05 p.m., Tipik

“Syndrome E”: a hellish cast for a terrifying dive into the world of mental manipulation