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Update - I’m on series 3. I can’t stop watching this show. I love it. I almost wish it would get nominated for an Emmy so it could get even more recognition (that it deserves). I hope it gets renewed for a 5th series. It’s such a fantastic show. And it’s helping my French. I’m shocked by how easily I can follow it, and how it’s helping me retain it. I guess I’m losing it after all.
It’s such a funny show, but it has heart. You can’t help but love all of the characters. When Herve tells Camille “I never go to the double digit arrondissements”, I laughed because I always used to say that. I can’t sing this show’s praises enough. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time.
When Sophia leaves Gabriel, and Arlette and Hervé track Gabriel down at Jardin de Plantes watching the orangutans, and Arlette later tells him “you’re drowning in heartache?”, and he responds “I feel useful there. I keep them company because they are even more sad than I am”, I felt that on a deep level. It has it’s amusing moments (Andreá and Gabriel shooting the fake Isabelle Huppert had me dying), but it’s also touching. When Mathias leaves Naomi and she breaks down, and Herve gives up Cannes to stay with her? Naomi is so sweet and gullible. I love her and Herve’s scenes together. All of the actors are fantastic. I’ve identified with most of the character’s situations (Mathias when his wife leaves, Andreá when she screws up with Colette, Herve and his crap actor boyfriend, Gabriel and his depression when Sophia breaks up with him, Sophia and her feeling of failure at going back to ‘zero’), you can empathize and identify with them, and that to me is a sign of good writing. You feel a bond with these characters. You want to know what happens to them. You care about what happens to them. You want them to succeed. Even Mathias and Hicham. Poor Hicham. He really grew on me.
And bonus it has Juliette Binoche and Monica Bellucci who are my idols. I loved Beatrice’s storyline too. I don’t know her work, but I think all women can identify with her speech about how it took her 30 years to learn to say ‘no’ to men. The actors playing themselves really have a good time with it. I laugh, I cry... j’adore cette série. vraiment aimer.