Olivier Marchal's 'Bastion 36' Stars Belmondo, Jallab, Attal in New Netflix Film

Netflix Unveils New Thriller from Acclaimed Director Olivier Marchal

by Zain ul Abedin
Olivier Marchal's 'Bastion 36' Stars Belmondo, Jallab, Attal in New Netflix Film
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French director Olivier Marchal is back at the helm with his latest project for Netflix, the gripping police thriller "Bastion 36." Inspired by Michel Tourscher’s novel Flic Requiem, the film is set against the gritty backdrop of Paris and delves into the high-stakes world of law enforcement.

"Bastion 36" introduces us to Antoine Cerda, a seasoned officer from the prestigious Investigation and Intervention Brigade. Following a reprimand from the General Inspectorate of the French National Police, Cerda finds himself reassigned to the Anti-Crime Brigade - a move that estranges him from his former team, now under the dynamic leadership of Sami Belkaïm.

This transition thrusts Cerda into a labyrinth of betrayal and vendetta within the ranks. The plot thickens when tragedy strikes Cerda’s old unit: two officers are brutally murdered within 24 hours, and another vanishes under enigmatic circumstances.

Driven by loyalty and a relentless pursuit of justice, Cerda initiates his covert investigation. What unfolds is a tale of fierce police rivalries and a descent into a harrowing abyss, as Cerda uncovers more than he bargained for.

Echoing Marchal's Legacy

While "Bastion 36" is not a direct sequel, it echoes the thematic essence of Marchal’s 2004 hit "Precinct 36" (36 Quai des Orfèvres), which starred Gérard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil.

Marchal’s return to this thematic territory promises a compelling blend of suspense and drama, underscored by his signature directorial finesse. The cast is a blend of emerging talent and seasoned actors, including Victor Belmondo, Tewfik Jallab, Yvan Attal, Juliette Dol, and Soufiane Guerrab, whose performances are poised to captivate Netflix audiences globally.

Produced by the renowned French film and TV company Gaumont, "Bastion 36" is poised to be a standout addition to Netflix’s expansive catalog of international cinema. As the film progresses through production, anticipation builds for what is expected to be a riveting exploration of crime, punishment, and the murky gray areas of justice.