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Mother Is Wrong: Episode 1 - TV Show Review

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Published November 3rd 2019
Would you believe him?
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Mother is Wrong aka Maman a tort (original title) comes under the genres of crime, drama, mystery, thriller. This French 6 part TV mini-series is releasing On Demand and on DVD on 20 November 2019. It's adapted from the Michel Bussi novel of the same name.

An almost 4-year-old Malone Moulin's (newcomer Tom d'Ornano) troublesome drawings are brought to the attention of Vasile Drogman (Samuel Theis), a regional school psychologist. Malone claims his parents Amanda a cashier, and Dimitri Moulin an electrician (Sophie Quinton and Sebastien Libessart) are not his real parents. They, in turn, claim he is a child who has an overly-active imaginative and are understandably upset about the allegations.

Concerned and believing Malone's story, Vasile contacts DCI Marianne Aubrais (Anne Charrier) of the judicial police in Le Havre to investigate. DCI Aubrais believes it has more to do with child protection, and refuses to handle the case, initially. Vasile doesn't give up and backs up his theories with the explanation of memory reactivation and how it relates to Malone. Aubrais is intrigued and works on it even though she's got her hands full with an unsolved case of a €6,000,000 jewellery store heist and two fugitives still at large in nearby Deauville.

Both Malone's case and the jewellery heist are not simple. There are twists and turns to be uncovered as they fight against time to catch Malone's memories of a memory, which is fading fast. As the cases develop, there seems to be a connection and the two cases seem to be more intertwined than they appear. This mini-series was directed by Francois Velle and has the makings of an intriguing tale of mystery. Who do you believe?

Other co-stars include Pascal Elbé as detective Papy, Camille Lou as Angie, Gil Alma as detective Jibé and Ibrahim Koma as Lucas. Newcomer Tom d'Ornano as young Malone has the wide-eyed innocence and mystery boy persona all wrapped up and tied with a bow. Nature Boy (written by Eden Ahbez & became a no. 1 hit for Nat King Cole in 1948) by AURORA (Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer) playing hauntingly as the credits roll is a nice touch to add to the mystery and the melancholic feel of Malone's character. This is the type of series you just have to sit through to the end.

There was a boy
A very strange, enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy, and sad of eye
But very wise, was he

And then one day, a lucky day he past my way
Then we spoke of many things, fools and kings
Then he said to me
The greatest thing, you'll ever learn,
Is to love, and be loved, in return.

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