Job by Alexis Lebrun September 3, 2022
A huge public and critical success when it aired between 2013 and 2017, Chris Chibnall’s British series ended with a remarkable third season, which very accurately dealt with the very difficult issue of sexual violence. Like the first two seasons, it is now available on POLAR+.
A predator on the loose
The fictional town of Broadchurch definitely has no right to any respite. After the murder of an 11-year-old child (Danny Latimer) in season one and the harrowing trial of the killer in season two, a woman, Patricia Winterman (Julie Hesmondhalgh), is beaten and raped at a party. birthday party organized by one of her colleagues in a vast area.
Very quickly, investigators Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) realize that this act was premeditated and that a sexual predator is therefore lurking around. Unfortunately, the investigation is difficult because there were dozens of men invited, which makes so many suspects to interrogate. And the investigations are also complicated by the trauma and the necessarily very degraded psychological state of the victim, who has great difficulty in recovering his memories and discussing the facts with the police.
Fortunately, she can count on the support and empathy of Ellie, very touched by this affair which is a first in Broadchuch, and on the presence of Beth Latimer (Jodie Whittaker), the mother of little Danny, who now works at the assistance for victims of sexual assault, while trying to mourn, three years after the death of his son.
A sensitive evocation of sexual violence
In addition to the suspense linked to the investigation, the finesse of the interpretation – we will come back to this – and the beauty of the photography, the three undeniable strong points of Broadchurch since its debut, this season 3 has stood out for the way it tackles the subject of rape. The creator and screenwriter of the series Chris Chibnall spoke at length with associations, victims and people trained to take care of them, and this can be seen from the first episode. We see a Patricia in a state of shock and amazement being helped with a number of precautions by Alec, Ellie and other people who are investigating the facts.
This way of doing things is still very rarely represented in the cinema and in the series, and this season also shines by its ability to take sexual assault out of the clichés still very widespread in a British society where the culture of rape is as present as elsewhere, what the series shows through the way certain characters look at the victim, or the guilt felt by the latter. Clearly, Chris Chibnall has an informed perspective on the issue of sexual violence, and he deliberately chose this theme for this third season because of the rise in such crimes in the UK.
Olivia Colman and David Tennant, a duo we won’t forget
But the main reason we watch Broadchurch, it’s obviously the duo formed by its two main performers, the fantastic Olivia Colman and David Tennant. Since the end of the series, the first has collected awards (including an Oscar) and has become one of the most acclaimed actresses in Hollywood, between her performances in The Crown (Netflix), Landscapers (CANAL+) and the film The Father (Florian Zeller, 2021).
As for the irresistible David Tennant, he made people talk about him during the confinements with Staged (CHANNEL+), his very original series produced by videoconference. And if we also find the talented Jodie Whittaker this season – interpreter like David Tennant of a version of Doctor Who – it’s the newcomer Julie Hesmondhalgh who upsets us in the role of Patricia, the rape victim of this season.
The latter was also nominated for the BAFTAs for the role, where she had to bow to vanessa kirby (The Crown). It can be found in three other excellent British series: thrillers Happy Valley (POLAR+) and The Pact (POLAR+), but also the lightest Cucumber (CANAL+) by Russell T Davies.
find Broadchurch seasons 1 to 3 on POLAR+, available with CANAL+.
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