France has just entered another national lockdown in the hopes of curbing the second wave of the coronavirus. So now that we all have to stay home again, it seems the only thing left to do is to snuggle up in bed and watch a good French Netflix series. And with a lot of you, our dear readers, still unable to travel to France, use one (or all) of these series to travel vicariously and listen to some French language.
This series is a little slow at first but picks up the pace as the episodes progress. “The Eddy” is about a struggling jazz club in Paris. The series shows the less-than-romantic side of Paris—the gritty, rough, and unfiltered version. Each episode focuses on a different character and explores a variety of cultures including French, American, and Polish. All of these things, coupled with the jerky hand-held cinematography, lend a refreshing realism to the show. The show is produced by Academy Award-winning “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle.
“Inhuman Resources” is a social drama/corporate thriller about ageism and unemployment. Éric Cantona stars as Alain Delambre, an unemployed HR manager who has spent the last six years working various menial jobs to make ends meet. A job opportunity presents itself, but candidates must role-play a hostage-taking scenario to test the loyalty of the company’s oblivious executives. While this storyline may seem improbable, the series is based on a book by Pierre Lemaitre, which is actually based on a true story.
Following the success of “Mortel,” “Vampires” is Netflix’s newest teen supernatural offering. I was hesitant at first, but after reading good reviews online, thought I would give it a go. And I wasn’t disappointed. Starring Suzanne Clément, “Vampires” is dark, raw, and sexy. While it does adhere to some vampire clichés, parts of the storyline are also quite original. It’s visually atmospheric, with each scene lit with tones of red, blue, green, and yellow. I also loved the soundtrack.
Emily in Paris
We’ve all heard a lot about “Emily in Paris” recently. After watching the first episode, I wasn’t impressed. But after all the talk from my friends, I decided to persevere. And I must admit, it does get better, and actually becomes addictive. Emily is living the fanciful life we all wish we were living in Paris. It’s light and fluffy and entertaining. While the stereotypes are aplenty, there is some truth to them, which makes it humorous watching the French and the American take digs at each other. And of course, there is the French eye candy that is Gabriel.
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