Witnesses – A Frozen Death (2017) Review
My Bloody Reviews Verdict 7

Witnesses – A Frozen Death (2017) Review Witnesses – A Frozen Death begins with the discovery of 15 frozen bodies of men in the north of France. Lieutenant Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier, The Tunnel) uncovers that all 15 men are connected to Catherine Keemer (Audrey Fleurot, Spiral), who went missing three years ago. The determined ..

Summary Rating: 7.0 from 10 7.0 good

Witnesses – A Frozen Death (2017) Review

Witnesses – A Frozen Death (2017) Review

Witnesses – A Frozen Death begins with the discovery of 15 frozen bodies of men in the north of France. Lieutenant Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier, The Tunnel) uncovers that all 15 men are connected to Catherine Keemer (Audrey Fleurot, Spiral), who went missing three years ago. The determined Sandra Winckler leaves no stone unturned to find Catherine Keemer. When Sandra finds Catherine, Catherine can’t remember her past – except that she gave birth to a child, who has disappeared. Believing that Catherine is innocent, Sandra needs to find out who else would have had a motive to kill the 15 men and what happened to Catharine’s missing child.

I reviewed Frozen Death, the second season of French crime thriller Witnesses, knowing nothing at all about the first. Fortunately having not seen the first season doesn’t really impact on your viewing pleasure of this second season as it does work as a standalone. I have said before, in reviews, that I have never been a fan of TV programming however this French program was, for the most part, worthwhile viewing. It maintains the mystery without ever feeling protracted or padded out.

However there are moments that irritate such as when our lead character, Sandra Winckler, is seen placing cigarette in her mouth as she arrives at a scrapheap to check out a vehicle there. Upon arriving she is told not to light her cigarette because otherwise it would cause a fire on site. Sandra puts away the cigarette but you can guess what is on the cards a scene or two later – yep, a fire! Such obvious set-ups tip the viewer as to what’s to come unnecessarily and consequently kill the impact of moments that are to come.

The production values are excellent, as too are the performances, however it’s the very thing that kick-starts the season’s events that remains totally unanswered. Exactly why did the killer(s) leave fifteen dead men frozen aboard an abandoned bus? It’s an attention-grabbing opener but what remains unclear is why someone that’s remained in the shadows for so long would want to make their grim deeds public and therefore consequently kick-start a police investigation that would seriously put a dampener on his further extracurricular activities. This is a shame as for the most part, Frozen Death makes for a gripping, enthralling thriller.

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