With James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor, Tcéky Karyo, Emilie Dequenne.
The nightmare of any parent: your child goes missing while you’re on a holiday. It’s bad at all times, but being in a country you don’t properly speak the language of, it’s a total disaster.
This series gives you a kick in the nuts or uterus at times. The games played by several included parties are so cruel, you do hope that not all of it happens on a daily base. While you very well know this is probably the case. It makes you wonder about Maddie McCann, but that’s really just one of many. On the other hand, people do still say it’s the McCann’s own fault it happened, while in the story of the Hughes (portrayed by James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor) is clearly of a different kind.
But the story starts at the moment that Tony Hughes (excellently played by James Nesbitt) has returned for mission number a zillion to find their son.
Jean Baptiste (awesome play of Tcéky Karyo), the policeman who was involved in the search back then, hears Tony Hughes is back and decides to visit him. Somehow Tony Hughes convinces Jean Baptiste that he has found a new lead in the search for their son. And so the journey begins. Loads of flashbacks, though not all that obviously. Only Frances O’Connor has been through enough changes in make up and hairdos to clearly see the difference between ‘years back/now’.
The story shows how a relationship moves, changes and develops when a huge tragedy occurs.
Another great thing is seeing a peadophile truly struggling with his sexual orientation. Wanting to get rid of it, going to the doctor to get ‘fixed’, having major trouble in work because of it and so on. The struggle of someone truly fighting it, that is. Because, let’s face it, not every paedosexual does as s/he feels.
How journalists care more about their wallets being filled and how to do that. It reminds scarily much about how Piers Morgan got sacked. The sleezy way that journalists use to get any information as long as they get the assignment.
‘The worst day of the Hughes was my best one ever’.
The Hughes could be any family. You do wonder how come this journalist hates his subjects quite so thoroughly. ‘You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar’, somehow never got through to this journalist. You never see him treating his subject of interview nice. Not ever. He solely blackmails.
The ending is excellent, as far as that’s possible within these circumstances. It really is. And James Nesbitt gives such an amazing piece of acting there. Not many actors can say so much without saying anything. You see his struggle, his face really shows the rollercoaster of emotions going on inside there.