hugely successful Belgian series Public Enemy Season One sees a young
female detective investigating a case
where a convicted child-killer has been
released on parole to the custody of
monks at an abbey only for a young girl
to disappear from a nearby village...
CONVICTED OF MURDERING CHILDREN and considered highly dangerous, Guy Béranger
(Angelo Bison) has spent twenty years in prison two thirds of
his sentence before being released on parole to the custody of
the monks at Vielsart Abbey.
Detective Inspector Chloe Muller (Stephanie Blanchoud) is sent from Brussels
to oversee the operation, to work with the chief officer Michael Charlier (Jean-Jaques
Rausin). Chloe is tormented by her tragic childhood when her younger sister
disappeared and she is also under investigation for shooting someone in the
course of her duties.
an outstanding and
darkly mesmerising foray
into the depths
of a village where secrets
abide and into the
sinister mind of a serial
The Eye of Nivellles due to the strange markings he carved into his victim's
bodies, Public Enemy Number One Béranger was arrested in 1994, having terrorised
Belgium in the 90s. The villagers are incensed to have a child murderer so close
and his gruesome, apparently ritualistic, killings are still fresh in their
Opinion is divided even in the abbey, where some monks want to help Béranger
and others resent him being there. On entering the abbey Frere Lucas (Clément
Manuel) becomes responsible for Béranger and Chloe and Michael are there to
ensure his safety.
Chloe stays in one of the cells at the abbey, which is surrounded by thick woodland
and has only two entrances; one is permanently locked, the other is well guarded.
Although Béranger is not locked in, he cannot get out of the abbey without being
Among the frightened and angry villagers, Patrick Stassart (Philippe Jeusette),
Lucas's brother, is having financial problems. He and his wife Judith (Laura
Sepul), a doctor, have a son Emile (Lucas Jacquemin), who has learning difficulties
and is very ill.
Emile's friends are Michael's son Jonathan (Igor Van Dessel), Bastien (Timothée
Coetsier) and Noémie Van Assche (Elsa Houben). They tolerate Laurent Vendonck
(Nissan Renard), a cruel bully whose parents, Lana (Joanne Dandoy) and Eddy
(Olivier Bonjour), have a volatile and violent marriage.
Lucas and Patrick's brother Vincent (Vincent Londez) is a poacher who uses Gregoire
Malempré (Blaise Ludik), whom he bullies. The brothers were brought up to hunt
and carry guns; and when they were young there was a tragic accident to which
Lucas owned up.
Noémie takes off in the middle of the night and disappears, leading the villagers
to believe that Béranger has been able to get out of the abbey and has struck
Despite his conviction, Béranger is entitled to protection and Chloe is determined
to make sure the villagers don't take the law into their own hands as some of
the men intend to do.
Haunted by her sister's disappearance, Chloe begins to piece together evidence
with Michael, including a picture drawn by Noemie of her with a man with a stag's
head an image that the strange and reclusive Marianne Demaree (Dominique
Grosseant) tells her depicts Cernunnes, the God of the Forest. Then Laurent
disappears; and Bastien and Jonathan are in grave danger.
If not Béranger, who is is abducting the children? The clues come thick and
fast, but where does Chloe draw the line? Did Béranger somehow escape or is
there a copycat could it be a monk, one of the villagers or even a child?
As Chloe's investigations continue, she uncover the secrets and fears of the
apparently peaceful community.
Chloe, Michael and Lucas have to deal with a mob wanting to take Beranger out
permanently and an abbey facing closure with the monks desperate to preserve
its reputation, while Chloe works through the ghosts of her past that may be
closer than she thinks.
A huge success in Belgium, Public Enemy (Ennemi Public) won the first
MipDrama Screenings Coup de Coeur Award at Cannes in 2016. The series is not
always easy watching but is an outstanding and darkly mesmerising foray into
the depths of a village where secrets abide and into the sinister mind of a
serial child-killer who seems to want to find peace within. Or does he?
Public Enemy also features: Sylvain Dai as Baptiste; Eric Godon as Etienne
Gomez; Eric Lancin as Jean Decoster; Michel Israel as Abbe Martens; Laurent
Caron as Frere Thomas; Daniel Hanssens as Frere Joseph, le prieur; Kris
Cuppers as Koen Van Assche; and Sabine Vandersmissen as Cecile Van Assche.
Series Music is by Daniel Capelletti, Matthieu Frances and Lionel Vancauwenberge;
Series Cinematography by Philippe Therasse; Written and Created by Antoine Bours,
Gilles de Voghel and Matthieu Frances; Written by Fréderic Castadot, Michel
Sabbe and Christopher Yates; Producers are: Isabel de la Serna and François
Touwaide; Head of Production is Sebastian Schelenz; Series Directed by Matthieu
Frances and Gary Seghers.
Noir & Beyond is delighted to release the Belgian thriller Public Enemy (Complete
Season One), as seen on Sky Atlantic, as a DVD Box Set in the UK on Monday 17
Product Information: Rating: 15 | Running Time: 522 Minutes Approximately /
10 Episodes | Language: French with English Subtitles | Catalogue Number: FCD1553.
"Public Enemy… an outstanding and darkly mesmerising foray into the depths
of a village where secrets abide and into the sinister mind of a serial child-killer"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar