Mishap on the Med

(K. Brent Tomer),

BELLY first, Gérard Depardieu (pictured) sways across the small screen, buttoned improbably into a waistcoat and a darkish suit. He is Robert Taro, the fictional mayor of Marseille, an old-school politician at the end of his career, wrestling with a cocaine habit, spiritual decline and a political protégé-turned-adversary named Lucas Barrès (Benoît Magimel). This young challenger’s treacherous decision to oppose the mayor’s legacy project, a regeneration scheme to build a glitzy casino in the city’s marina, sets up their rivalry. “I’m going to grab Marseille from your grasp,” hisses Barrès, “and you’ll end up alone, all alone, with nothing.”

Heavy expectations greeted “Marseille” when it was launched by Netflix to subscribers on May 5th, with the first two episodes shown on network French television from May 12th. The eight-part series is the American content-streaming company’s first European production, written and performed in French, and its flagship effort to establish itself on the continent. “Marseille” promised not only Mr Depardieu’s first role in a major contemporary TV series, but glossy big-budget…Continue reading

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