Every day, the AlloCiné team brings you the Séries Mania festival. On the program for the 4th day: the crazy series Jeune et Golri, Blackport, Time, the meta sitcom Kevin can fuck himself and our guest Clément Rémiens (Here everything begins).
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During the Séries Mania Festival, the city of Lille becomes the playground for series fans in search of new productions to discover. From August 26 to September 2, 2021, our passionate experts bring you this international festival dedicated to television series from around the world.
Today, the Spotlight team debriefs a touching and quirky series from the French Competition: Jeune et Golri, where comedian Agnès Hurstel tries to break into the stand-up world while adapting to her new status as stepmother.
As for the International Competition, we will go to Iceland for the Blackport series, a dive into a fishing village in the 1980s which will be faced with a quota policy.
We also mention two preview series from Panorama International: Time, a British prison thriller starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham, and Kevin Can F *** Himself, a black meta comedy that pokes fun at gender stereotypes in sitcoms.
Our guest of the day is Clément Rémiens, key actor of the soap opera Here everything begins on TF1.
Journalists: Mégane Choquet / Jérémie Dunand / Julia Fernandez / Lucie Reeb
Director: Ando Raminoson / Constance Mathews
Jeune et Golri (French Competition)
For her series, created with Léa Domenach and Victor Saint Macary, comedian Agnès Hurstel tenderly talks about her anxieties, her questions and her passion for stand-up. If the turning point in the life of Prune, heroine of Young and Golri, starts with her romance with Francis, a depressed forty-something who finds a second youth with her, it is especially thanks to her relationship with Alma, the daughter of Francis, that the young woman understands what she really wants.
Despite a rough start, Jeune et Golri turns out to be a quirky, moving and very realistic proposition on a disillusioned, liberated and quirky generation. The melancholy staging brings a touch of poetry to this very rhythmic and very well paced series. The cast is doing impeccably, including Jonathan Lambert, Paul Mirabel, Marie Papillon, Nordine Ganso, but especially the young Jehanne Pasquet, who will crack any insensitive heart.
Blackport (International Competition)
This Icelandic social drama takes us to the mid-1980s, when the Icelandic government introduced fishing quotas, which upset the equilibrium of an entire village. Secretary at the town hall, Harpa takes advantage of a tragic accident to save the city from bankruptcy and create a fishing empire, thanks to the new quota system. From 1983 to 1991, Harpa, her husband and their childhood friends will have to adapt their activity and their way of life to the evolution of Icelandic society, while trying to remain united …
If the form is very classic, and if at first one wonders what the series will be able to tell, Blackport, by focusing on a local issue, offers us a story that is ultimately much more political and economic than we might have thought.
Kevin Can F ** k Himself (Panorama International)
Allison (played by Annie Murphy, seen in Schitt’s Creek) is the archetypal sitcom woman. When she learns that the perfect future she envisioned is impossible, she hatches a plan to take back control of her life.
Original creation of the cable channel AMC, Kevin Can F ** k Himself surprises by its original concept: that of inverting the genre of the sitcom and that of the classic drama. All the scenes in Kevin’s presence are shot sitcom style, with a wide shot, bright colors, jokes blaring and laughs recorded. But as soon as he leaves the room, a change of tone and genre: we are transported straight into a drama. This system sheds light on the nightmare Allison feels locked into while providing a deconstruction of the sitcom genre, which rarely emphasizes strong female roles.
Time (International Panorama)
New series by Jimmy McGovern (Accused, Broken) which will soon be broadcast on Canal +, Time immerses us in the horror of the British prison system through the story of Mark Cobden (Sean bean), a teacher and father sentenced to 4 years in prison for killing a man in a traffic accident. In prison, he meets Eric McNally (Stephen graham), a caring and honest prison officer who does his best to protect those in his charge.
Beyond its striking realism, Time grabs us especially thanks to the crossed trajectories of its two heroes, who see their certainties and their lines of conduct shattering. Mark is consumed with guilt and becomes an easy target for other prisoners. As for McNally, he finds himself in a dilemma and must choose between his principles and the safety of his family. Sean Bean, whom Game of Thrones fans know well, and Stephen Graham, who has been seen on television in Boardwalk Empire and in theaters in This is England and Public Enemies, are both insanely correct and deliver overwhelming performance. A mini-series in 3 episodes not to be missed.