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La Mante 

A serial killer, nicknamed 'La Mante' decides to collaborate with the police when a string of murders that copycat her style suddenly appear.
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Series cast summary:
Carole Bouquet ...  Jeanne 6 episodes, 2017
Fred Testot Fred Testot ...  Damien 6 episodes, 2017
Manon Azem Manon Azem ...  Lucie 6 episodes, 2017
Pascal Demolon Pascal Demolon ...  Feracci 6 episodes, 2017
Frédérique Bel ...  Virginie 6 episodes, 2017
Jacques Weber ...  Charles Carrot 6 episodes, 2017
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ...  Alex Crozet 6 episodes, 2017
Élodie Navarre ...  Szofia 6 episodes, 2017
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ...  Sébastien Crozet 6 episodes, 2017
Julien Tortora Julien Tortora ...  Gallieni 6 episodes, 2017
Steve Tran Steve Tran ...  Achille 6 episodes, 2017
Yanig Samot Yanig Samot ...  Bertrand 6 episodes, 2017
Adama Niane Adama Niane ...  Stern 6 episodes, 2017
Pierre Deny Pierre Deny ...  Préfet 3 episodes, 2017
Christophe Favre Christophe Favre ...  Baptiste Séverin 3 episodes, 2017
Cassiopée Mayance Cassiopée Mayance ...  Ninon 3 episodes, 2017
Marc Fayet Marc Fayet ...  Médecin légiste 2 episodes, 2017
Hubert Saint-Macary Hubert Saint-Macary ...  Psychiatre Muller 2 episodes, 2017


Paris, present days. Police faces with a psychopath whose murders are inspired by Jeanne Deber, known as « The Mantis », a famous serial killer who terrorised the country 20 years ago. Believing it takes one to know one, the Police asks Jeanne Deber to help hunt the copycat. Placed in solitary confinement since her arrest, "The Mantis" agrees at one condition : to deal only with detective Damien Carrot, who happens to be her son and who has broken ties with her mother a long time ago - Damien has no choice. A serial killer is on the loose and could strike anytime, anywhere in Paris. Written by AB International Distribution

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Release Date:

29 December 2017 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Septembre Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In episode 3, Virginie (Frédérique Bel) mentions she is a fan of sci-fi, Philip K Dick and Metal Hurlant [Chronicles]. Bel appeared in the TV series based on the books. See more »

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Missed opportunity
23 January 2018 | by D8PlayerSee all my reviews

This series should be marked under the "not bad but could have been so much better" category.

In terms of the positives. The editing is quite good and the pace is kept up quite well. The score does a very good job of raising the tension at the appropriate moments. The cinematography is high quality and the series overall was very well shot.

Now to the less than positive points. First off the premise is not very original and in the end very contrived. Its as if someone took the plotlines of Silence of the Lambs (using an imprisoned serial killer to catch their admirer), Seven (a serial killer who ritually tortures their victims as punishment) and Copycat (a serial killer imitating the crimes of a convicted murderer).

Secondly, the characters are all pretty one dimensional and the acting is actually quite flat. Carole Bouquet is as cold and distant as ever, meaning it is difficult to feel anything for her, positively or negatively. Fred Testot, who plays her son, mopes around and seems pointedly uninteresting as a character. Its hard to see from this what his wife saw in him. The other characters are pretty much stereotypes (the grizzled police chief, the disgruntled/resentful partner who was passed over for promotion, the deranged serial killer, etc).

Lastly some of the plot lines stretch credibility a bit too far. For example, France's most notorious serial killer is left with only one guard. The police decide race to rescue the serial killer' victims by racing across Paris only to arrive too late instead of calling for local backup.

All in all, with a bit more originality in the scenario and a tighter script, this could have been excellent.

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