(AKA La piscine). Set in a magnificent villa near a sun-drenched St. Tropez, lovers Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) and Marianne (Romy Schneider) are spending a happy, lazy summer holiday. Their only concern is to gratify their mutual passion - until the day when Marianne invites her former lover and his beautiful teenage daughter (Jane Birkin) to spend a few days with them. From the first moment, a certain uneasiness and tension begin to develop between the four, which soon escalates in a dangerous love-game. [more inside]
Lupin: Part 1 Season 1, Ep 0
The adventures of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin inspire Assane Diop (Omar Sy) as he attempts to uncover the truth about a robbery. Lupin is the first French show to make Netflix's top 10 list in the US and is its most popular original show since The Witcher. [more inside]
Trepalium: Season One Season 1, Ep 0
The economic situation is a nightmare: only 20% of the population is employed. The Actives live inside the city. On the fringes, in the Zone, live the Jobless. Separating them is a wall. [more inside]
In the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and an ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb. [more inside]
Le Bazar de la Charite: The Bonfire of Destiny - Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
After a devastating fire in 1897 Paris, three women find their lives upended by betrayals, deceptions and romantic turmoil. (Netflix US, TF1 France) [more inside]
Le Bazar de la Charite: The Bonfire of Destiny - Episode 1 Season 1, Ep 1
On a spring day in 1897, socialites Adrienne and Alice and maid Rose join the crowds at a Parisian charity bazaar, where a shocking tragedy unfolds. (Netflix US, TF1 France) [more inside]
Handsome, ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins. Soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates, he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self-interest. His triumphant career takes him into the heart of glamorous Parisian society, along the way conquering the gentle, married Madame de Rênal, and the haughty Mathilde. But then Julien commits an unexpected, devastating crime - and brings about his own downfall. [more inside]
Black Spot: Quand on arrive en ville Season 1, Ep 1
As Maj. Laurène Weiss and her team work to solve the murder of a local nurse, a new prosecutor arrives to investigate Villefranche's high crime rate. A French-Belgian production streaming in the US on Netflix.
La Trêve (The Break) Full Season Season 1, Ep 0
The body of 19 year old Driss Assani, a footballer with Heiderfeld football club is pulled out of the river Semois, a stones throw from Heiderfeld, a small town of a few thousand inhabitants in the Belgian Ardennes. The investigation is led by Inspector Yoann Peeters, who has recently moved there after a domestic tragedy, accompanied by Sebastian Drummer, an idealistic and inexperienced young police officer.
The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. [more inside]
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. [more inside]
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. [more inside]
A few notes from my viewings of Wakfu: The show just showed up on Netflix. It is French production, but the English dubbing is very good. Nice blending of American and Japanese animation styles. Definitively a kids show, but with adult jokes. The end credit animations can be adorable. Mostly strong female characters with caveats. Episodes are short, less then 30 minutes. Fan fare has it in their TV list now.
Anyone watching the new French thriller The Chalet on Netflix? I'm three eps in and it's easy to binge once you work out who all the people are.
Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve.
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. [more inside]
Call My Agent!: Line et Françoise Season 1, Ep 2
Françoise Fabian and Line Renaud are vying for the same role, and Gabriel and Andréa have to keep them away from each other's throats. Mathias continues to undermine Camille at the office. Camille hits it off with a young up-and-coming actor. Sofia can't get anyone to come to her play. Hélène Kerr announces her intention to sell her majority stake in ASK to the highest bidder.
Call My Agent!: Cécile Season 1, Ep 1
At a top Paris talent firm, Agence Samuel Kerr (ASK), agents scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat. Andréa fires her assistant and hires a neophyte on a trial basis; Gabriel searches for a way to break bad news to aging Belgian star Cécile de France; and Mathias cleans up his partners' professional messes with aplomb, but can't seem to shake a past indiscretion.
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
Bande des Filles: oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.
The English language is a mess. And if you don’t like it, what are you going to do about it – fix it? Good luck with that. [more inside]
The voice of the ToE episode announcer revealed! (her name is Mathilde) and she joins our host for this two part series about the intersection between France and China and wine. The story of the red obsession of Wealthy Chinese has been told many times, but what is going to happen when China’s elusive emerging middle class gets wine fever? Can wine transmit cultural values? Can it transcend consumerism? In this installment Benjamen and Mathilde traverse France to discover this vino nouvelle vague. [more inside]
In the early 80's, way before the world wide web existed, the French government shipped a $200 terminal to every home with a phone line, and created a service that for decades ran alongside the internet. It was called The Minitel. Producer Carla Green speaks to reporter Jean-Marc Manach, who, in the early 90's, made a living posing as a woman in sex chat rooms on Minitel. [more inside]
The Knick: Mr. Paris Shoes Season 1, Ep 2
Dr. Williams starts a side gig because, compassion. He gets into a fight because, badass. His fellow surgeons keep killing patients and break into someone's personal medical library to forestall admitting they need Williams' expertise. Thackery does more coke. In hock to the local leg breaker, Mr. Barrows, the hospital administrator, steals from the electrical contractors causing fires, outages, and the death of nurse Not-Lucy.