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The Bonfire of Destiny

Le Bazar de la Charité

MINI SERIES 8 x 52'
Drama / Cop/Investigation

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After surviving a deadly fire at the prestigious annual Charity Bazaar, three women become masters of their own destinies
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Directed by

Alexandre Laurent

Starring

Audrey Fleurot (French Women, The Intouchables)
Camille Lou (Marry Me, Dude)
Julie De Bona
Stéphane Freiss (The Two-Sided Mirror, Black Butterfly)
Josiane Balasko (Hanging Offense)
Gilbert Melki (Largo Winch)
Antoine Duléry (My Stars)
Florence Pernel (A Mother's Fight, A Case for a Woman)
Théo Fernandez (The Tuche Family, Gaston)
Victor Meutelet
François-David Cardonnel (The Bonfire of Destiny)
Stéphane Guillon (Munch)
Aurélien Wiik (Bright-eyed revenge, Secrets of State)
Gilles Cohen (A Prophet)

Production

QUAD TELEVISION (Ballerina, The Intouchables)

2019 / Original language: French / Color / available in hd

“The Bonfire of Destiny” is a riveting story of emancipation and freedom set in the vibrant Paris of ‘La Belle Époque’.

Paris, 1897, we are in the middle of « La Belle Epoque », Paris is a boiling city and all of Paris’ high society is rubbing shoulders at the Charity Bazaar sale, the yearly event that takes place in a grand venue built entirely of wood.

Suddenly, a raging fire spreads throughout the building and ends up killing over 130 people, mostly women!

Three women’s destinies are changed forever.

Saved by a courageous worker, naïve young aristocrat, Alice de Jeansin discovers the harsh realities of her social status. Her maid Rose, about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, is instead disfigured and offered a very strange bargain. And for Alice’s aunt, the beautiful Adrienne, the fire might just be the chance she’s been waiting for. The chance to disappear and start over.

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Episode 1
Paris, 1897. Spirits are high at the "Bazar de la Charité", a vast charity sales event attended by high society, when the building suddenly catches fire. Alice de Jeansin and her maidservant Rose are trapped in the blaze. In its aftermath, Adrienne de Lenverpre realizes she could have died inside.

Episode 2
Alice has to cope with the death of Rose and the cowardice of her fiancé Julien. Little does she know that against all odds, Rose has survived and been taken out of the hospital by Thomas' grandmother, Mrs. Huchon. Adrienne, waiting in hiding for her husband to bring their daughter back for her funeral, makes her first mistake.

Episode 3
Adrienne lets Camille know that she is alive and planning their escape. Alice decides to break off her engagement to Julien, but then learns that might drive her family into financial ruin. Meanwhile, Rose learns all about the secret plans of Mrs. Huchon.

Episode 4
Alice loses her virginity with Victor, and then learns he was responsible for the fire at the charity bazaar. Rose takes on the identity of Odette, helped by Thomas, who understands that his mother won't be coming back. Adrienne's plans to escape with her daughter are on shaky ground for lack of money.

Episode 5
Arrested by Hennion, Adrienne learns about her husband's dark past. Rose still refuses to have an abortion, which puts her and Mrs. Huchon in great danger of retribution from Henri de la Tremoille. Alice turns her back on Julien, determined to prove that Victor is innocent.

Episode 6
Rose pays a high price for her attempt to make it look like Henri de La Tremoille is the father of her child. Alice finds out that her father is going to be blamed for starting the fire at the charity bazaar, since he was the one who had the movie projector installed there. Adrienne investigates Eva's death, hoping to destroy her husband by revealing his crime.

Episode 7
Adrienne returns home with only one goal in mind: to convince her husband that she sincerely wants to make up and work things out. Henri de La Tremoille figures out that his "wife" had sex with him to try to legitimatize her bastard child. Alice risks everything to try to save Victor.

Episode 8
When Henri de La Tremoille catches Rose with Jean, the results are fatal. Alice, who has done everything she possibly could to try to save Victor from the guillotine, wallows in despair. Adrienne finds out that Hennion won't be showing up. Can she escape her husband's madness?

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"Glowing Audrey Fleurot, promising Camille Lou and Julie de Bona are at the heart of this exploration of women's struggle for equality at the turbulent turn of the century, torn between progress and anarchy. It ambitiously combines an opulent historical reenactment in the spirit of Downton Abbey with a more modern, edgy feel like Peaky Blinders."

"With The Bonfire of Destiny, TF1 joins the tradition of costumed historical series so popular across the Channel (The Crown, Downton Abbey), and gives us quite an eyeful. Modern dialogue and directing, lifted by an epic spirit and visually breathtaking."
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