Good French TV mini series on the "behind the scenes" of Journalism
If it gives a rather glorified, pompous in a very "French" way, and
fast take of the trade, I have to say now I've got a little experience
on the field, I agree to the "technical" view they give. The "lecons de
morale" are a bit too much (it's a firm after all, right?) but they're
so nice to hear :). The pace is relentless, aesthetics are good, the
general "flow" of things is not predictable, full of twists, "comme il
Thomas, the main actor, is probably the more a l'aise of them all. He's
cool, hardy, and devious. A perfect (investigative) journalist :).
Maybe he shows too much "holier than thou" attitude for somebody who
blackmails and manipulates basically all the time to get his scoops.
But well, at least he's sympa. Something "Florence (Daumal)" is
definitely not... She's just too present, to "wanting to please
everybody" to be a real character. My favourite is, by far, the fat
rebel Michel Cayatte. Without him, this series would be nothing. He's a
grouchy old timer, but the lines he's given would sound fatuous in a
lesser actor. Like that, we almost wait for them :). On a personal
level, I like her unlikely couple "Nadia/ Cylia Malki". Beautiful both
physically and morally, who can't like a masculine camerawoman who
falls for a man who could almost be her grandpa only because he's as
cool as W. Burroughs :)? Caroline Ducey as the former hostage Marie
Montheil made a much more remarkable role than, for instance, Florence,
and with much less screen time. Oddly enough, her characters resembles
a bit what happened with French/Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt.
"Life imitates art" :). Even without any makeup and after her gruesome
experience, one can feel she's beautiful and exudes radiance. I just
watched some pics of her other films thanks to IMDb, and am glad to
confirm my hunch. Christine Boisson's character is pivotal, but maybe
because she's not drawing attention all the time about her, it's only
on second thoughts one remembers she was always there, showing good
judgement. Albert Lehman is supposed to be the centre of everything, I
would have liked Michel to play that role, but he says it very well on
the last episode: "I like to complain, being the boss would be too
difficult for me". Finally, Robert Plagnol plays a beau successful
politician without much feelings. I knew him from some other TV series.
Yes, the last episodes of the uneventful "Les Bleus" in which he plays
... a psychopath & rapist! Any resemblances between the two roles come
by the reader of this review alone :). Sophie Kosinski is a character
designed to be hated. I find she does what she is required, cold and
efficient but not totally ruthlessly. So she's friends with Marion
Cotillard... Good for her! Kaplan is also important, knowing it all but
the end. Paul Guérin, in that respect, draws the upper hand from us
all. I liked that Jacques Barlier didn't end in jail or something, like
in bad movies as "Veronica Guerin".
In a nutshell, watch it!
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