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  • Actors: Grégory Fitoussi, Caroline Proust, Philippe Duclos, Audrey Fleurot, Fred Bianconi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QP2TQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,654 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All eight episodes from the second series of the gritty French political crime drama. Public prosecutor Pierre Clement (Gregory Fitoussi) once again joins forces with Police Captain Laure Bathaud (Caroline Proust) and crusading judge Francois Roban (Philippe Duclos) to infiltrate Paris's dark and duplicitous underworld of organised crime, international drugs trafficking and arms dealing.

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A burned corpse is found in the boot of a car, a seemingly isolated case of urban violence. However, the case grows in complexity and danger, each new piece of evidence unearths a duplicitous world of international trafficking, informers, double lives and arms dealing. An audacious plan to strike at the heart of the crime network means that the slightest slip will result in certain death.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Adrian J. White on 22 July 2010
Format: DVD
I have yet to see the DVD of the series, but both my wife and watched it avidly when it was shown on TV. We very much enjoyed the first series (and bought it on DVD when it came out) and this second series did not disappoint!

The acting is excellent, and the plotting is tight, complex and engrossing. Watching the decent of Josephine Carlson (defence lawyer)into corruption is in many ways sad, as she seemed basically decent in the first series, but her desperation for money in many ways makes it a little inevitable!

Very highly recommended, and we can't wait for a (hopefully) third series! Very much carries the flag for more European crime dramas to be shown on British TV. It also shows that having subtitles (rather than dubbing) is not only not a barrier to the show, but helps to get the "flavour" of the characters much better than dubbing ever could. More please!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By steve b on 12 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
As a lover of good cop shows my viewing as been a little flat since the ending of The Wire and The Shield. Fear not however the second series of the French TV cop show Spiral has filled the void nicely. Whilst not up to the standard of the Wire, but then what is? Spiral 2 is as good if not better that the Shield and way ahead of both Law and Order and CSI (Yawn)and better that Spiral 1.
As an Anglo/Saxon I am not sure I always understood the workings of the French lagal system and the relationship between the police and the examining magistrates, who are confusingly called judges but are more like an American DA . However I cannot say that this stopped my enjoyment of this excelent series. In a nutshell a group of French police investigate the burning alive of a drug dealer and this leads them to uncover a large drug ring. Throw a couple of corrupt lawyers and we have an excelent example of the genre.
As an aside, do not expect French elegence. These flics must be the scruffest coppers on British, US or French TV.
Hope season 3 is a good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
The second series of this fast-moving, dramatic Parisian police thriller with its complex "cogs spinning cogs" plot seems to me to be superior to the first, since the main plotline is more substantial, there are fewer distracting "side stories" and the end is more conclusive and less of a "damp squib".

This is very well acted, down to the smallest gesture or passing expression. The actors all seem to have distinctive faces to match them to their parts: the dedicated but often impulsive and reckless Capitaine Laure Berthaud, the suave Vice-Procurator Pierre Clement, the wily Judge Roban, the beautiful lawyer Josephine, who sells her soul for money to the corrupt senior advocate Szabo, and so on. The characters are very well-developed and convincing in their complex behaviour - the criminals often have redeeming features, while those trying to track them down are prey to ambition, hypocrisy, greed, bias or lack of self control - in short, human nature warts and all.

Although the storyline, based on drug dealing in the tight-knit Arab community, is often sordid and I hope the police methods of investigation are exaggerated, every episode is always compulsive watching throughout. The details of the French legal system are a bit hard to follow, but you can grasp the general idea. You also get a good insight into life in some of the immigrant communities in Paris.

I watched a version with French sub-titles which is good practice for an English speaker but hard going. I have certainly learned a good deal of slang I can never use on holiday in France! Since then I have watched a 2 DVD version with English subtitles - also good. but you have to read fast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Tracey on 12 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
For those looking for a crime/cop drama with meat on it's bones this is it.

Series 2 continues with most of the cast from Series one and I will just repeat my review from Series 1.

Wow! What can I say about this series except that it is riveting! From the first episode to the last I had a very hard time being able to stop between the episodes. Unlike the formulated American dramas like 24 which leave you with artificial cliff hangers at the end of each episode this series gives you only limited information every 50 minutes and your brain has to do the work and connect the dots.

That in itself shows you how intelligent the writers are and that in itself hooks the viewer in to want to (if possible) do a marathon of all episodes all the way to the end.

Refreshing to see something not set in the UK or the US. IE: we are transported to France and NOT just to look at the Eiffel Tower.

It is gritty and the viewer feels the grit. The cops, the low life characters and even the white collar crime bosses all come across rightly so as real people you can identify with... and you get up close and personal with all of them. You absorb their lives, their problems and their mind sets. It is done impeccably.

The actors are first rate and the story moves at a marathon pace; you really can feel exhausted after watching each episode.

As the French do a lot of talking there is a lot to take in with the subtitles (as the language of course is in French) but I didn't find that an issue at all. Yes; I did have to pause and "rewind" maybe a single time in each episode but that was just to ensure I got the right combination of dots connected with the clues.

A brilliant series. A brilliant cast. Extremely well done and definitely a keeper for anyone with a dvd collection. I look forward to re watching later down the road.
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