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Netflix heist series is all style, wit and warmth :‘Lupin’ review

 

A story about thrilling heists, fathers and sons, class and colonialization, the French series has left us gasping for more

There are different ways of mining the classics; Bridgerton does it one way and Lupin another. The latter is infinitely better. Inspired by Maurice Leblanc’s gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin, the show follows the adventures of Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a master of disguise and all manner of civilised criminal behaviour, as he tries to clear his father’s name.

Assane and his father, Babakar (Fargass Assandé), move to Paris from Senegal looking for a better life. Babakar gets work as a chauffeur with the wealthy Pellegrini family. The head of the family, Hubert (Hervé Pierre), is autocratic and brusque, his wife, Anne (Nicole Garcia), is kinder and his daughter, Juliette (Clotilde Hesme), shows a teasing interest in the 14-year-old Assane (Mamadou Haidara).

When a fabulous necklace that once adorned the doomed queen, Marie Antoinette, and now belonging to the Pellegrini family goes missing, Babakar is suspected. Even without hard evidence, Babakar is put in prison where he hangs himself and Assane is orphaned.

Twenty-five years later, the queen’s necklace comes up for auction at the Louvre and who should be in on the proceedings but Assane? The necklace is stolen and the police are running in circles trying to find the thief who apparently spirited away the necklace under the highest security.

Lupin

  • Creators: George Kay, François Uzan
  • Starring: Omar Sy, Vincent Londez, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme, Nicole Garcia, Hervé Pierre, Soufiane Guerrab, Antoine Gouy, Fargass Assandé, Shirine Boutella, Etan Simon
  • No. of episodes: 5
  • Duration: 42 to 52 minutes
  • Storyline: Inspired by the gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, a man tries to clear his father’s name

Though police captain Laugier (Vincent Londez) and Lieutenant Sofia (Shirine Boutella), follow conventional leads, their colleague, Guedira, (Soufiane Guerrab) makes the Lupin connection.

Through the five episodes of the show, we learn how Babakar hid a message to his son in a book of stories about Lupin. We also spend time with Assane’s growing up, how he was sent to a good school by a mysterious benefactor and Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) befriends him when all the other posh students try to put him down.

Claire and Assane continue their relationship and have a son, Raoul (Etan Simon). However, Assane’s erratic ways put too much strain on the relationship and the two lead separate lives. We also learn of Assane’s first meeting with Benjamin (Antoine Gouy) in school and how the two become the best of friends.

Assane believes Babakar was framed by Pellegrini and he is determined to prove his father’s innocence. In his quest he meets a journalist, Fabienne (Anne Benoît), who crossed swords with Pellegrini and came out severely damaged. Everyone is hiding something, including Anne, Juliette and the policeman in charge, Dumont, (Vincent Garanger) who is now the Commissaire.

A perfect weekend watch, Lupin is all style, wit, warmth and solid substance. A story about thrilling heists, fathers and sons, (Assane introducing Raoul to Lupin is touching) class and colonialization, Lupin has left us gasping for more.

Lupin is currently streaming on Netflix

Netflix to release modern take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Singer-actor Sabrina Carpenter is ready to headline the musical reimagining primarily based on Lewis Carroll’s storybook fantasy

Singer-actor Sabrina Carpenter is ready to headline a musical reimagining primarily based on Lewis Carroll’s storybook fantasy “Alice in Wonderland“.

The Netflix challenge, titled “Alice”, may also have Carpenter produce the movie beneath her newly launched At Final Productions banner.

Based on The Hollywood Reporter, the crew behind the favored Netflix dance film “Work It” will reunite for the movie. Carpenter beforehand served as an govt producer on “Work It“.

“Alice” is billed as a recent tackle the basic Carroll story.

Whereas particulars are being saved beneath wraps, the movie will probably be set towards the backdrop of a music pageant referred to as “Wonderland“.

Ross Evans will pen the unique screenplay.

Together with Carpenter, Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton are producing for book-to-screen banner Alloy Leisure. Alloy additionally backed “Work It”, and is related to Netflix for its well-liked psychological thriller sequence “You”.

‘GLOW’ season 4 cancelled by Netflix due to COVID-19

The present, starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron, was renewed for its ultimate season final yr and had began manufacturing in February

Streaming platform Netflix is not going to go forward with the fourth and ultimate season of feminine wrestling dramedy GLOW, as a consequence of manufacturing delays attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLOW, starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron, was renewed for its ultimate season final yr and had began manufacturing in February.

It completed one episode and began filming on the second earlier than the coronavirus pandemic led to manufacturing shutdown in mid-March.

“We’ve made the troublesome resolution to not do a fourth season of ‘GLOW’ as a consequence of COVID, which makes taking pictures this bodily intimate present with its massive ensemble forged particularly difficult. We’re so grateful to creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan and all of the writers, forged and crew for sharing this story concerning the unbelievable girls of GLOW with us and the world,” a Netflix spokesperson mentioned in an announcement to Deadline.

GLOW additionally featured Sydelle Noel, Kate Nash, Britney Younger, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens, Sunita Mani, Jackie Tohn, Kimmy Gatewood, Britt Baron, Rebekka Johnson, Ellen Wong, Chris Lowell, Marianna Palka, Shakira Barrera, and Bashir Salahuddin.

The collection was impressed by the short-lived Eighties wrestling TV present of the identical identify, which stood for Attractive Girls of Wrestling.

Netflix has beforehand reversed the renewals of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This within the wake of the pandemic.

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