Marianne (TV series)

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Created by
  • Samuel Bodin
Written by
  • Samuel Bodin
  • Quoc Dang Tran
Directed by
  • Samuel Bodin
Starring Mireille Herbstmeyer
Music byThomas Cappeau
Country of originFrance
Original languageFrench
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
ProducersPascal Breton
Henri Debeurme
Raphaël Rocher
Kristine De Los Santos
Lionel Uzan
CinematographyPhilip Lozano
EditorsDimitri Amar
Olivier Galliano
Richard Riffaud
Running time36–52 minutes
Production companiesEmpreinte Digitale and Federation
Original networkNetflix
Original release13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)

Marianne is a French horror streaming television series created and directed by Samuel Bodin, written by Bodin and Quoc Dang Tran and starring Victoire Du Bois, Lucie Boujenah and Tiphaine Daviot. The plot revolves around the young novelist Emma who realizes that the characters she writes in her horror novels are also in the real world.[1][2] The series was released on 13 September 2019 on Netflix. It was canceled after one season in January 2020.[3]

Plot summary[edit]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
1"Your Dreams"
"Tu les rêves"
Samuel Bodin[5]Samuel Bodin[5]
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
Best-selling author Emma Larsimon announces she’s done writing horror and has killed off her main character. Caroline, a school friend from childhood, visits and tells Emma that her mother believes she is Marianne, the witch from Emma's books. She shows the witch charm her mother had, made from human skin. Emma, disturbed, tells her assistant Camile that as a child, she had nightmares about Marianne. Emma's boyfriend Pierre leaves her, fed up with her drinking and behavior. Caroline hangs herself in public, warning that her mother will take Emma’s parents next. Emma and Camile stop at Madame Daugeron’s, Caroline's mother, who exhibits bizarre behavior. At Emma's parents' house, Camille is attacked by Emma’s possessed father. Emma's parents walk into the woods naked, with bloody symbols all over their bodies.
"C'est coutume !"
Samuel BodinSamuel Bodin
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
Inspector Samuel Ronan shows up to investigate Emma's parents' disappearance and discovers the human skin witch charm on the Larsimon’s door. Emma and Camile break into Daugeron's house; Emma finds her book with a strange language written in it. There is one room in the house they cannot get into; however, Daugeron returns and begins to cut her own arm, telling Emma that she must write. Inspector Ronan's friend Pat tells him that whoever has the witch charm is cursed. Emma reunites with the Shipwreck punks, her high school gang, (Aurore, Seby, Tonio, and Arnaud (No-No), though Aurore is apprehensive of her due to something that happened at the lighthouse 15 years prior. No-No sends Camille the scathing infamous school article Emma wrote about her mother when she was 15. Emma, angry that Camille read it, begins to write a new chapter as Emma’s mother is shown walking through town naked and disoriented.
3"Not an Easy Person"
"Je ne suis pas un cadeau"
Samuel BodinSamuel Bodin
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
Tonio and No-No discover five drowned cows at sea, mirroring what Emma wrote in her new chapter. Emma’s mother returns to the Larsimon home. Emma and Camille meet Seby's pregnant wife, Sophie, and her son, Hugo. Hugo goes missing; Emma directs them to the lighthouse after recalling her new chapter, in which five kids were hung. They find Hugo and four other kids hanging, and save the children. Emma realizes that what she writes comes true and attempts an exorcism on Daugeron but it doesn't work. Inspector Ronan finds Emma's father; he is now in a coma in hospital after being found in an abandoned building surrounded by witch charms. Emma finds her mom stabbed to death and Daugeron laughing with the knife. Enraged, she strangles Daugeron, who warns that Marianne will just possess someone close to her. Camile attempts to perform CPR on Daugeron but suddenly sees Marianne, causing her to fall down the stairs as a mist escapes Daugeron's mouth.
4"Beautiful Moment"
"C'est un beau moment"
Samuel BodinSamuel Bodin
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
Camile goes into a coma and is put in the hospital. Daugeron is arrested and no longer possessed but Marianne took her eyes as “she never leaves empty handed”. Daugeron tells Emma that Marianne has existed even before Emma but the two are somehow connected and Emma must write. Ronan finds Daugeron’s husband in the locked room in her house, and a book with a cursed language written inside. Pat explains that knowing the witch's name is the only thing that gives them power over it and the symbol in the book is the seal of Beleth, a demon king. Sophie gives birth to a son. Ronan reads the Molitor Report, the record of the witch trials from the church; it details Marianne Basselin's tragic life, culminating in her killing her husband and proclaiming to be the wife of Beleth. She was caught, declaring that she would return to take the town's children. That night, Marianne haunts Emma, Tonio, and Aurore and steals Seby’s newborn son.
5"You Left Her"
"Tu l'as laissée…"
Samuel BodinSamuel Bodin
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
A flashback reveals what happened at the lighthouse when Emma and her friends were 15. Emma had continuous nightmares of Marianne that caused her to wet the bed. The group holds a seance at the lighthouse to tell the entity to leave Emma alone. However, Marianne possesses Emma and predicts the terrible future of each person in the group, telling Caroline she will hang her, Seby that his children will be hers, and so on. The group gets angry, thinking Emma was pretending. The next day, while Emma is playing hide and seek with Aurore’s little sister Lucy, Marianne traps Lucy in a freezer, killing her. Emma goes to Father Xavier for help, who tells her that Marianne has attached herself to Emma and she must leave town to protect her loved ones. This is why Emma wrote the hurtful article about her mother and rebelled, causing her parents to send her away. On the day she is to leave, Seby comes to say he knows this isn't really her and they kiss. In present day, Seby arrives to tell Emma that Marianne has taken his son.
"Pour les souvenirs ?"
Samuel BodinSamuel Bodin
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
Inspector Ronan reveals to Emma that the incidents from her horror novels have happened in real-world tragedies over the years. As part of the plot to take down Marianne, Emma tries to write her death but fails. As plan B, Inspector Ronan, Emma, Seby, No-No, and Aurore go to the lighthouse to try to summon Marianne so they can trap her spirit in the body of Father Xavier's dog, which they've brought along. At first, it doesn’t appear to have worked. At the hospital, Marianne has possessed Camile, witnessed by Emma's father, who has awakened. When Ronan summons her however, Marianne leaves Camile and possesses Ronan instead, causing him to kill himself in front of the horrified group.
7"Too Young to Handle"
"On était trop petit"
Samuel BodinSamuel Bodin
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
In the past, a young priest fails to burn Marianne’s body when she attacks him, allowing her to remain free to haunt Elden. In the present, Marianne possesses Father Xavier’s dog, causing the group to scatter and separate as they flee. Lucy appears to Aurore, revealing that Emma was there when she died, something Emma never told her. The group reconvene and Marianne attacks Aurore, threatening to take her next. Seby and No-No tell Emma she must write, which Emma tries to refuse, wanting to fight back. No-No is taken by Marianne after he volunteers himself in place of Aurore. A defeated Emma returns home and writes again, causing Seby’s son to be returned to him. Seby visits Emma and the two have a one night stand to make up for what they never did as teens. The next morning, Father Xavier attacks Emma in her home and begins an exorcism on her.
"On est mardi"
Samuel BodinSamuel Bodin
Quoc Dang Tran
13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)

Synopsis: As the priest makes a desperate bid to banish Marianne, Emma finds herself torn between two worlds, and Aurore searches for a way to save her friend.

Summary: Emma crawls to her room, followed by Father Xavier, who continues to beat her. As she reaches her room Father Xavier realizes she has continued to write, and tells her it is finished. Emma pulls a gun on Father Xavier, asking why he beat her. He tells her he never touched her, but it’s the effect of the holy water on her as she is now possessed by Marianne. Emma realizes the truth when Father Xavier asks her if she is Marianne, and as Marianne cannot lie about her name she answers yes. Marianne as Emma then shoots Father Xavier when he asks her where her grave is so he can burn her. Seeing the bullet hole in the door Emma remembers the hole in the ground from when she was a child, and remembers hearing a voice from within the hole talking to her. Back in the present Emma goes outside to a small old shed, right outside the house, and pushes it over, revealing the hole. Listening to Marianne, she reaches in the hole and pulls Marianne out. In an alternate reality, Emma and Marianne walk along the black waters to see the dark man. Back in the real world, at the house, Father Xavier attempts to leave the house, but Emma/Marianne attacks the Priest by stabbing him multiple times. Aurore then shows up, and Emma plays a game of hide and seek with her. Once Aurore finds Emma and realizes she’s Marianne she threatens to shoot her, and Emma holds a knife to Aurore’s stomach. Unable to shoot her friend, Aurore lets Emma take the gun. Aurore then slips the pendant onto Emma and Emma is able to resist and tells Aurore that she must flee. Aurore flees at Emma’s insistence that she’ll take care of Marianne. The scene cuts to a young Father Xavier in school, detailing how he wants to be a priest in order to fight evil. In the present day, Father Xavier awakens and goes outside and finds Marianne’s grave. He pours gasoline in the grave and as he tries to light it demons attack him. While he’s fighting the demons Emma is fighting Marianne by trying to kill herself to end this. Aurore, not being able to keep running, turns around and comes back. She finds Marianne holding Emma while Emma holds a gun to her own head; back in the alternate reality Emma has a baseball bat and takes a swing at Marianne. At the same time Father Xavier finally defeats the demons and lights the grave, with himself in it, on fire, Aurore tackles Emma and the gun goes off. Emma and Aurore both come to and embrace. At the hospital Aurore and Emma realize that Marianne is now gone for good. Camile is set to be released from hospital the next day, although she has not spoken since being possessed and waking up. Emma’s father returns home and they share dinner. Emma tells her father that she will return often. The next day Emma picks up Camile to take her home; before leaving town she lays a rose on the steps of the church and goes to say goodbye to Seby. While saying their goodbyes, Emma brings up that night. Seby denies ever having slept with Emma and gets angry at her. Back in the car Emma flashes to that night and a demon is shown acting as Seby. Emma brushes it off as a dream, and they leave Elden together. Emma is shown stopping frequently to be ill, and finally Camile buys her a pregnancy test. Emma breaks down and takes it and, at the end, the test comes back positive.


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  2. ^ "Netflix reveals details of new French-language series, Paris office". Screen Daily. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  3. ^ "French Horror Series 'Marianne' Canceled at Netflix; No Season 2". What's on Netflix. 21 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Marianne". Netflix. Retrieved 17 September 2019. Inspector Ronan connects the dots between Emma's books and more real-world tragedies.
  5. ^ a b c "Marianne – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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