Oble and Sphere join forces for a one-way trip to success with 'Aller Simple'
September 1st, 2022
Oble, the French drama specialist announces a deal with acclaimed French-Canadian drama producer Sphere Media to introduce Canada’s breakout hit drama 'No Return' (aka Aller Simple) to global audiences. The six-episode psychological thriller (6 x 60’) which premiered prime-time earlier this year has been a runaway success amongst critics and audiences in Canada, gripping Noovo viewers’ imaginations to become the most watched drama in the history of the Canadian French broadcast network, with the privilege for Crave’s subscribers to discover some episodes exclusively before linear broadcast.
“Sphere Media has done it again, 'No Return' is captivating television from start to finish, it’s an extremely well-written and extremely well-crafted drama, turning the traditional Murder-Mystery genre on its head with its sophistication and originality. It’s a privilege to introduce this brilliant piece of television to audiences worldwide.” Said Hugo Brisbois, CEO and co-founder of Oble.
Written by the talented trio behind Sphere Media’s internationally acclaimed series The Outbreak (also known as Epidémie), Annie Pierard, Bernard Dansereau and Etienne Pierard-Dansereau, No Return sees six complete strangers; a former policeman, an art-dealer, a retired teacher, a marketing director, a criminal lawyer and a businesswoman, en-route to a reclusive billionaire’s home when the helicopter they’re travelling in malfunctions, and makes an emergency landing deep in the forest. Once the initial shock of the accident has subsided, they stumble across a fishing camp but a number of disturbing incidents reveal it may not be the safe haven it seems, raising questions about the reason they’ve been brought together, and whether the guests really are who they claim be.
Director Yan Lanouette Turgeon (The Outbreak, L’Imposteur) adds to No Return’s originality, providing visual sophistication and some serious adrenaline for this Agatha Christie-esque twisting thriller. Brilliantly nuanced performances from the ensemble cast of actors at the top of their game increases the tension, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats; (Cast: Marc Beaupré (Série noire, Les Honorables), Eric Bruneau (Coroner, Faits divers), Caroline Dhavernas (Mary Kills People, Hannibal, The Pacific), Nathalie Doummar (Virage, M’entends-tu?III), Anick Lemay (L’Échappée, Mauvais Karma), Rémi-Pierre Paquin (C’est comme ça que je t’aime, Les invincibles), Anie Pascale (Alertes 2, Pour Sarah), Luc Picard (Omertà, District 31) and Samian (Hochelaga, Terre des âmes).
“We’re delighted with the reception No Return has received in Canada, and excited to work with Oble to introduce it to new audiences throughout the world. Oble has been a fantastic champion of the content we make at Sphere, and crucial in generating international recognition, as well as audiences, for our dramas. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.” Said Josee Vallee, Executive Vice-President, Scripted and Feature Films, French content Sphere Media.
 Average audience figures 774,000 and consolidated audience share of 22% - Noovo, Bell Media 2022.
Related article: Variety