TRANSFERTS (2017 – )

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Creators: Claude scasso, Patrick Benedeck

Cast: Arieh Worthalter, Brune Renault, Steve Tientcheu

Awarded at the Mania Series Festival in 2017, the sci-fi series Transfers by Claude Scasso and Patrick Benedek is on Arte the channel in France and I got to see it all six episode and what an imagination.  The series is from the German film of the same name directed by Damir Lukacevic in 2010.

In the near future, the transfer of one soul from one body to another has become possible, sparking hopes, fantasies and new trades. Florian (Arieh Worthalter), a father in a coma, wakes up in the body of a policeman, Sylvain, charged with fighting illegal “transfers“.

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Florian who wakes up does not know what happen and why he has a new body well not his. Because we are in the near future where it is possible to get someone soul into an other body. Here Florian was in a boat accident, in the coma his wife decided to transfer his soul to the cop’s body who has just been shot, the hero of the day. You see it is illegal to do that you must have consent from a certain some one. Here Florian is in the body of a cop (here it comes) the section BATI where they track people who transfer souls illegally. As he discover himself and wants to go back with his family which he can’t as his wife says to him but she has a plan, he discover other little secrets. Of course you will see that religion and politics and a priest who wants to be Number 1. It’s a series about identity, which questions identity. how a man who is in the body of another and how he will manage his life. Us human that is why we all live. We are all social animals that have an external identity that is not what we are really inside. They went there and more there are twists and turns  as well, in hope that they will be an other season.

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LA MANTE (2017)

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Creators: Alice Chegaray-Breugnot, Grégoire Demaison, Nicolas Jean

Cast: Carole Bouquet, Fred Testot, Jacques Weber

Jeanne Deber (Carole Bouquet)  La mante (a famous serial killer)  who terrorized France, has been imprisoned for more than 25 years. When a murder who is  identical of  the crime scenes of “La Mante”, Commissioner Ferracci (Pascal Demolon) decides to collaborate with Jeanne. However, the latter has only one request: to have as sole interlocutor her son (Fred Testot) that she has not seen since her arrest.

Scary maybe but well writing and directed here is an other series, well here is my problem they said it is a mini-series but there may be a second season so I will let you know as soon as I can. However let’s go back to the series shall we. In the series there is this balance between action and psychology trying to get inside the head of a killer. It is not going to be easy for Damien seen his mother since he is with his new girlfriend who has a kid from a previous relationship. Carole Bouquet does an outstanding job here to play this series killer even though she has played plenty of femme fatale before that. The game between her and her son and the manipulation begins. The fear of not finding the killer in time plus other thing is going to be in play. Here is a refreshing thriller that is nice and works well because of its great cast.

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CANNABIS (2016 – )

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Creator: Hamid Hlioua

Cast: Kate Moran, Christophe Paou, Yasin Houicha

Here is a cool series Franco German on the Arte channel. It is what you expect and more. It is shot in Spain, Morocco, and France. It is the drug trade of those 3 countries. The dealers are dealing and everything is fine when a drug boat does not come back for his delivery. The main drug dealer the boss is looking for their dude who possibly took the marijuana and left. did he really do that? If so where is he now?

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There are a few surprises in  this one by far. It is the cut throat business who gets killed in order to move up and never trust no one. One dealer wants to go straight and grow strawberries, the others are in the lure of easy money. One woman is trying to rise in power but wants to get out, but get drag back in. She quickly going to become in power we will see the second season. There is blackmail and stealing the drugs from the boss. It is a tight group that can’t be trusted and they have look behind them constantly in order to survive and not get shot. The first season it too cool and things are moving along just fine. There if you get the chance to see that one have fun with it.

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BUREAU DES LEGENDES (2015 – ) SEASON 2

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Creator: Eric Rochant

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Sara Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Four months have passed within the DGSE. Guillaume Debailly (alias Malotru), promoted to deputy director of the Bureau des Légendes, became a double agent on behalf of the CIA. Under cover of psychoanalysis sessions, he delivers to the doctor, his contact agent at the CIA, the information he gathered weekly. In exchange, Malotru expects the Americans to release the woman he loves, Nadia, imprisoned by the Syrians somewhere in the world. On the other hand, as Loiseau starts her delicate and dangerous underground mission in Iran, the DGSE is confronted with a new crisis: a jihad, now an officer of Daech, publicly harasses France in a bloodthirsty way.

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The first season of the Bureau des Légendes had seduced us last year by its authenticity, its realism and the inclination of Eric Rochant to continue to dig further into the  universe of espionage and intelligence that ” He has known so well since his films Les Patriotes and Möbius. The first season however took place in Paris When Malotru comes back in Paris. Eric introduce us with the characters and such. The stories are purely fictional but of what is going on today. The second season however is that the agents on the field. Nadia who trained to be an agent is going to be in Iran to work in a company well that is her cover. The talented Sara Giraudeau assumes the role beautifully well here as wells the other actors Camille de Castelnau, Cécile Ducrocq, Hippolyte Girardot, Raphael Chevènement, Antonin Martin. The narrative intersect with intelligence, participating in the immersion in this new season which is proving exciting. These new episodes embrace, moreover, the actuality with a realism that will put a chill thought your back, taking as background the narratives evoking both the Syrian conflict and the Islamic radicalism. Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Pierre Darroussin recover their characters with greediness and engage in this duel of cat and the mouse game, the two actors seeming to savour their acting by bringing more nuances to  their characters that one might have thought immovable. Over all a terrific second season that went up a notch big time and yes there is a season 3. Season 3 will be the final chapter like a trilogies than Rochant I think is going to put new character for season 4 that will start a new chapter.

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ZONE BLANCHE (2017 – )

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Creators: Mathieu Missoffe

Cast: Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre, Laurent Capelluto

Villefranche is a small isolated town in the heart of a gigantic forest, a green labyrinth of thousands of hectares making any telecommunication hazardous. This place is not quite like the others has its unmapped areas, its crimes, its disappearances and other mysteries to be elucidated and a rate of homicide six times higher than the national average … but apart from it all everything is fine. , The city can count on its sheriff, Major Laurène Weiss (Suliane Brahim), a girl of the strong country in mouth and strangely connected to Nature. As she continues to investigate, she sinks farther and farther into the forest she discover secrets even some from her own adduction 20 years ago.

Viilefranche is a fictional town somewhere in Belgium. It has 8 episodes and it is a French Belgian series. The filming took places in between the Voges and Belgium. So you can feel the fog, the nature and the thousand of ares of forest, it is a perfect setting for this kind of series. It is dark, intriguing and mysterious and when you watch it the story will have some twist and turns that you won’t expect. Well casted and written which I can’t wait for season 2 to come out. I just finished watching the last episodes this week and what great ending which you are going to want more. Do not miss this one.

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3 X MANON (2014 – )

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Creator: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

Cast: Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi, Yannick Choirat, Marina Foïs 

Manon is a 15-year-old teenager rebellious  against everything. She is sent to a closed educational center after stabbing her mother with a knife. She has six months to rehabilitate herself and think about her future.

Here is a terrific series that should of lasted only 3 episodes because it was rewarded with a Fipa award and the rating was there on the channel  Arte there will be a second season. And yes it is a joy to see such a great series from France succeed in creating such a quality series.

Here is a Manon (Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi) who stab her mother who is a little too loving if you know what I mean., well you think she is a little strange. Manon get to go to a rehabilitation centre which she has 6 months to get rehabilitate. Once she gets there she is trying to control her anger but she  can’t help it, she react violently. She find comfort in this woman who is the cook there. But there is something there with Manon and her mom something  is not healthy and Manon most of the time does not want to talk to her on the phone. Marina Foîs here does an out standing job here to play Manon’s mom . she is a little disturbing. Manon  tries  to get it together but is she going to succeed?

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DIX POUR CENT (2015- )

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Creator: Fanny Herrero

Cast: Camille Cottin, Thibault de Montalembert, Grégory Montel

English title: Call my agent 

The  accurate translation here is 10 percent that what is an agent gets from the actor. Inspired by the experience of Dominique Besnehard, a great agent representing many French actors, the series “Dix pourcents” plunges us into the universe of the agency AKS.

The agents Mathias (Thibault de Montalembert), Gabriel (Grégory Montel), Andréa (Camille Cotin) and Arlette (Liliane Rovère) give themselves body and soul to represent their actors and also to incidentally touch … 10% of their cachet. Following the sudden death of Samuel, founder of ASK, the agents and their assistants try to manage the agency as well as possible. and yes the Guest stars are : Cécile de France, Françoise Fabian, Joey Starr, Laura Smet and Nathalie Baye (playing mother and daughter) and more. Ten percent is a successful  French series; Funny dialogues filled with humor, caricatured characters and an ironic look at this facet of the film industry. They include desperate, vain or capricious actors and actresses , tortured filmmakers and outdated and relentless agents. This monstrous little world of the agency ASK, where the “big ones” of this world are found finally seems to be transformed into a place where simple humans coexist. The self-mockery with which Ten percent builds his story and his characters is probably his greatest strength and intelligence. And if the 6 episodes made you want more laughter and glamor, a second season is about to be written. Would you believe that most actors the guest stars were hard to find due to the fact they did not want to play themselves. The series delivers from beginning to end and it is not even boring, It is on Netflix video streaming.

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