For “The Night of 12”, Dominik Moll and his co-screenwriter Gilles Marchand were inspired by a real crime, based on the book “18.3: A year at the PJ” by Pauline Guéna. Everything suggests that it could be the murder of young Maud, perpetrated in Lagny-sur-Marne in May 2013.
The Night of 12 : Dominik Moll’s new masterstroke
Director ofHarry, a friend who wishes you well, Lemming and only beastsDominik Moll signs a new thriller with The Night of 12. The film opens with a horrific murder committed in Maurienne.
The next day, the PJ of Grenoble goes there and begins its investigation. The group led by Captain Yohan Vivès (Bastien Bouillon) questions several men who met the victim Clara (Lula Cotton-Frapier), who are all suspects. Haunted by this stagnating affairYohan sees his colleagues losing their footing like him, starting with his friend Marceau (Bouli Lanners), who can no longer bear the horrors they face.
Anouk Grinberg, Johan Dionnet, Théo Cholbi, Julien Frison, Thibaut Evrard, Paul Jeanson and Mouna Soualem embody the other characters who fight to find the culprit in this chilling feature film. An immersion where each scene revives hopes, frustrations and the feeling of injustice, and where the empathy for the protagonists is total.
A crime “still unsolved”
For The Night of 12Dominik Moll and his co-screenwriter Gilles Marchand are based on the book 18.3: A year at the PJ by Pauline Guenawhich followed agents of the judicial police of Versailles for a year, between 2015 and 2016. As explained The Parisian, the starting point of the film is a case that occupies about thirty pages in the book (which has about 500). The director confides about this choice:
We chose an investigation and we fed on the cop who dreamed of being a French teacher, played by Bouli Lanners. What we liked was that it was an unresolved investigation. It is a tribute to stubbornness.
Gilles Marchand specifies:
The real crime that took place in 2013 is still unsolved.
The Maud Affair
The case that the feature film picks up is that of a woman who was burned alive on her way home. If the writers have not confirmed this information, everything seems to indicate thatit could be the murder of Maud, who died in Lagny-sur-Marne on the night of August 12 to 13, 2013.
Following a party organized by a neighbour, the 21-year-old left the premises around 2:30 a.m. A police patrol discovers his half-charred body an hour later, near her home. While the PJ of Versailles is in charge of the investigation, the police find traces of gasoline nearby. According to the results of the autopsy quoted by The Parisian, “death is the consequence of combustion”. In 2013, one of the investigators ensures on a daily basis:
Statistically, this type of murder finds its motive in cases of disappointment in love, even if, in the case of Maud, this is not yet proven.
Words that remind us again, The Night of 12, currently in the cinema.