Pre-order your copy of the clandestine crime drama from France now!
The French political thriller The Bureau: The Complete Season One is out to buy on DVD through Arrow Films from Monday 16th January. The complete first season is also available to download from iTunes now.
“The best series ever made in France” – Le Figaro
“Moody, cynical and stylish, with the pace and disjunctive tics of an art-house film” – NY Times
“One of the most ambitious series ever directed in France to this day” – Les Inrocks
“The direction is elegant and the writing formidable” – Marie Claire
The Bureau stars acclaimed French actor and filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz (Amélie, La Haine) in a new suspenseful series created by Éric Rochant and produced by Canal+. The show is notably based on true events, inspired by former covert agents of the Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE). In The Bureau, Kassovitz plays esteemed agent Guillaume ‘Malotru’ Debailly. The story centres around ‘Malotru’ when he returns to the DGSE in France after spending six years undercover in Syria. He is suddenly thrust into the middle of a political dilemma when a fellow spy disappears during a secret mission in Algeria.
At the height of the crisis, new team member Marina (Sara Giraudeau) is tasked to infiltrate a terrorist group in Iran with ties to nuclear arms. Despite her lack of experience, Marina is put to the ultimate test. However, ‘Malotru’s struggle to acclimatise to life in the real world may be the bigger issue that threatens the security department. The moment he crosses paths with Nadia (Zineb Triki), the woman he once fell in love with in Damascus, ‘Malotru’ goes against protocol and adopts his former undercover alias. Can he lead both lives without compromising the agency?
So far, The Bureau has won Best TV Series, awarded by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics at the French Cinemathèque in February last year. International audiences have also praised the series, including the NY Times, which focuses on the alluring style of the show: “‘The Bureau’ builds its tension, revolving around a key agent who goes missing in Algeria, more slowly and elliptically than many American shows.”
We have been beguiled by the sublime cinematography and editing from other French series such as Witnesses. Therefore, fans of the tension-inducing ‘Gallic Noir’ can continue to explore the taut drama from France after experiencing the gritty Parisian police procedural of Braquo.
The Bureau is out to buy on DVD through Arrow Films on Monday 16th January. The series is also available on digital download via iTunes now.