Signed by Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of "La La Land", "The Eddy" takes place around a Parisian jazz club, co-founded by a New Yorker and a Frenchman. But in our editorial, as in the public – the series did not appear long in the most watched programs on Netflix -, these 8 episodes, available since May 8, do not please everyone.
FOR. "Eddy" me yes
MARIE POUSSEL. From the start, Damien Chazelle who got on with the American streaming giant, it looked like a funny marriage. What was the young Franco-American prodigy going to do on the platform that produced machineries with narrative as efficient as rude as "la Casa de Papel"? A UFO called "The Eddy", which does not respond to any code in the series as we understand it. A casual freedom modeled on jazz, omnipresent in this ambitious project, poetic for some (of which we are a part), pretentious for the refractory. Like Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson who got lost in the streets of Tokyo in "Lost in Translation", the American Elliot Udo (interpreted by André Holland), also wanders as a duo in the streets of Paris, but this times, with his daughter Julie (Amandla Stenberg), against the background of a police investigation.
So certainly, hooly-news.coms of the temple of the series will be destabilized by these 8 episodes in which the scenario allows lengths like frantic accelerations. But "The Eddy" has fun deconstructing everything to lose the spectator in a rigorous realism of Paris in 2020. A bias assumed, like Abdellatif Kechiche who immerses himself in sequence shots of several tens of minutes , endless strolls on the beach filmed by Eric Rohmer, or conversations by Quentin Tarantino in "Reservoir Dogs" or "Boulevard de la mort".
Inspired by the films of the New Wave, the nervous camera on board, films the unvarnished faces, dialogues surfing between English and French in a realism that turns to the sociological study of the artistic environment. A mixed Paris, populated by fantasized musical interlopers? This environment exists, it is enough to push the door of establishments like Bellevilloise in Paris, Marbrerie in Montreuil, old warehouse where groups like the very trendy Metronomy choose to organize concerts for album launches. As for music, the soundtrack worn by the group, created for the occasion with jazz sizes, allows libertarian flights (filmed live), as freed from artistic codes as the whole project. Intoxicating!
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AGAINST. "Bla bla Land"
CATHERINE BALL. Let's admit it straight away – and unpretentious: we were resistant to the ambitious and poetic charm of "The Eddy". First of all because we felt cheated. Chic, we said to ourselves, a series by the brilliant filmmaker of "La La Land" with, in place of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Leïla Bekhti and Tahar Rahim! A duet a little more "next door", but a real couple in life … In short, we really wanted to see these two love each other in front of the camera of Damien Chazelle. Except that at the end of the first of the eight episodes, Tahar makes the trunk and never returns again. Without notice. The scam.
Then let's move on to the implausibilities of the scenario. In "The Eddy", all the characters, Parisians and commuters, speak fluent English. If one of the (five) screenwriters had already asked for directions in the Paris metro, he would know that mastering the language of Shakespeare is not that "French". Incidentally, if we cannot blame Chazelle for filming a postcard Paris, the City of Light is curiously absent from the picture… Too bad. We would reveal too much of the intrigue if we were also surprised by this father who interrupts a jazz concert because he no longer finds his 16-year-old daughter, from this Parisian college with English uniforms, or this funeral which turns into a dancing fiesta … Too late.
All this would not be so serious if we did not get bored menu during these episodes where one has the impression that each actor plays in turn his score in solo while the conductor, as Tahar Rahim, disappears. The police suspense supposed to serve as a common thread in the series? In the third episode, we wonder if the writers have not simply forgotten to leave in improvisations. We didn't miss the "lengths" of "The Eddy", but its "frenzied accelerations" undoubtedly went too fast for us. That a series on jazz lacks rhythm, it's still nerd. Finally, "The Eddy" is a bit "Bla Bla Land".
"The Eddy", American series created by Damien Chazelle, with André Holland, Leïla Bekhti, Tahar Rahim… 8 episodes between 54 and 69 minutes. Available on Netflix.