It stands to reason that the country that invented the movies should still produce some of the best movies and TV shows you have ever – or ever – seen.
As usual, the New Zealand iteration of Netflix is a stingy beast, compared to the North American and European versions. But, the French section of the Netflix menu throws at least a good handful of gems.
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I lost my body
Weird, dark as hell, and almost unbearably scary, this is a French animated film that is definitely not for kids. The story follows an amputated hand as she rushes through Paris, hoping to find the young pizza delivery boy she was once attached to.
The tale alternates between the many adventures of the hand and the ingenious solutions it finds to keep itself, uh, alive, and the slowly unfolding story of who the pizza chef was and how he came to have a paw. too little.
I lost my body is a fascinating, enchanting and absolutely brilliant slice of horror fantasy. Strongly recommended.
After spanish Money theft, this French detective series is apparently the most watched non-English language show in the history of Netflix in New Zealand. As you read this, it might even be # 1.
Lupine is loosely based on a series of comedy detective novels written in the early 20th century by Maurice Leblanc.
The TV series reinvents Leblanc’s thief gentleman as the ferociously intelligent and resourceful son of Senegalese expatriates, making a living in today’s Paris by stealing villains worse than him, while trying to erase his name. good daddy, who was not a thief at all. Probably.
If you haven’t watched Lupine again, what if you were a fan of Money theft, then enter. You’ll love it. With a second series coming mid-year, featuring a rumored Sherlock Holmes cameo, there’s a lot more
Once upon a time
Also fantastic in quality, but less well known, this romance / time travel is a four part series that hooks you deep and quickly. The premise – a heartbroken young man takes delivery of a magic box that allows him to travel nine months back, until before he breaks up with his girlfriend – is so full of potential, I’m only surprised. that there hasn’t been an English language remake, yet.
The actors are the usual Gallic line-up of chain-smoking recklessness, somehow managing to look like they’ve just fallen out of bed, but somehow also ready for a Vogue cover shoot, while the satisfying plot twists are convoluted, but never entirely infuriating.
If you were a fan of Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Flawless Spirit, then you will like Once upon a time, a lot.
And finally, this very cult series is aimed at fans of Twin peaks and Strange things. We are in a small town in France on the edge of a spooky forest. Inevitably, for anyone who enjoys the genre, the local children disappear at an inappropriate rate and the local crowd is as mystified as it is photogenic.
Black spot is straight out of Stephen King’s playbook, with evil forces at play, corruption within the council, the possibility of serial killers lurking in the shrubs, and all manner of local eccentrics sharing impenetrable thoughts with the outside detectives sent to resolve the case. If you are looking for the next one Dark (Where Strange things), start here.