In “Oussekine”, available this Wednesday, May 11 on Disney +, creator Antoine Chevrollier recounts the death of Malik Oussekine, beaten to death by police on the night of December 5 to 6, 1986.
It is the latest original French creation from Disney+. This Wednesday, May 11, the platform with big ears comes out Oussekinemini-series in four episodes by Antoine Chevrollier (The Office of Legends). Inspired by real events, the series tells the story behind the case of Malik Oussekine, a young 22-year-old teenager beaten to death by a trio of police officers on the night of December 5 to 6, 1986. It explores not only his tragic death, but also his family’s impossible grief and the media, political and social fallout from one of the most infamous police blunders in French history.
Fiction inspired by real events obliges, a question arises: to what extent was the scenario inspired by reality? During an interview given to TV Star At the beginning of May, Antoine Chevrollier, the creator of the series, gave details on the reality/fiction ratio of his mini-series. He explains in particular that he tried to stick to reality as much as possible, in particular by going to meet the real protagonists of the story. “ All that is of the order of the judiciary and the police, we are in reality, he told us. It very obviously happened that way. On the family side, these are things that Ben Amar, Mohamed and Sarah Oussekine very generously shared with us. Many things are true. For example, when in the series, Malek Lamraoui whispers a prayer in front of Malik’s body, it is the exact prayer Ben Amar said in front of his brother.”
“There are moments of pure fiction, but the story is irrigated by reality”
As it is a fiction, Antoine Chevrollier nevertheless admits having had to perform some screenplay sleight of hand. “Some anecdotes have nourished certain sceneshe explains. For example, in episode 3, when Ben Amar goes to 20 rue Monsieur-le-Prince to see Paul Bayzelon and asks him how his brother was dressed, it’s linked to a discussion I had with Ben Amar . He told me that the last time he saw Malik, on Friday evening, he went to his house to take him to eat at his mother’s in Meudon. Malik, who had this famous jazz concert, declined, and they bickered a little bit. Ben Amar teased Malik about his tie. Malik always dressed very elegantly, in a tie, in a suit, and that made his brother laugh. He said, “Take that tie off!” So we were inspired by this real anecdote to turn it into a fictional moment. Afterwards, there are moments of pure fiction, but the story is irrigated by reality.”
To embody Malik Oussekine, the 40-year-old director chose Sayyid El Alami, a young actor revealed in January 2022 in the series such a long night. Hiam Abbass, Malek Lamraoui, Tewfik Jallab, Naidra Ayadi, Mouna Soualem and Kad Merad also appear in the cast.
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