No Netflix, Prime Video or Disney + tonight. Let’s stop instead on Baron Noir, an original Canal + series. True plunged into the throes of French politics, fiction wants to be credible and succeeds.
It’s obviously anything but a documentary, but you don’t have to look very far to draw the parallel between the characters in the show and some members of the current political class.
Baron Noir is as excellent as it is often captivating and we strongly recommend that you start watching it, if you haven’t already.
Why watch the three seasons of Baron Noir on myCanal?
The synopsis of the series
Philippe Rickwaert is deputy mayor of Dunkirk, northern sub-prefecture. In parallel, he is also active to elect the socialist candidate Francis Laugier to the presidency of the Republic. However, the evening of the debate of the second round, Rickwaert is overtaken by his financial embezzlements.
Problem, they could cost the election to Laugier and undermine the personal ambitions of the cumulard. From there, deep differences will arise. The elected representative of the North decides to stand on his own feet and becomes the “Black Baron”, the one who speaks in the ears of politicians and is agitated behind the scenes to come to power.
Why you have to see Baron Noir
A high-profile political series, the best produced in France for a long time. In the shoes of Philippe Rickwaert, Kad Merad is excellent. It is even arguably one of the best roles of his career. It is very accurate in the dramatic register, far from the usual schoolboy comedies.
Baron Noir has two main strengths. First, its effectiveness. There is no downtime, the rhythm is very sustained, which perfectly matches the character of its bubbling main protagonist. Rickwaert, inspired by the former socialist deputy Julien Dray, continues to attack the fundamentals of the PS to continue to exist.
Each episode is an opportunity to focus on a theme: education and learning (season 1), terrorism, radicalization, communitarianism (season 2) or even the yellow vests, which help anchor the series. in the real world (season 3). Its extremely current side also gives it part of its charm.
Baron Noir is also a reflection on institutions: it was nourished by the climate of political mistrust that reigns in France to stage elections in incredible conditions, whether presidential, legislative or municipal.
The adventures of the characters are part of the fictional domain, but they still ring strangely true at times. In Baron Noir, some characters seem to be modeled on existing personalities: Amélie Dorendeu (Emmanuel Macron), Michel Vidal (Jean-Luc Mélenchon), Cyril Balsan (Manuel Valls).
After three seasons of great quality, the series ends. Too bad, we would have signed for a fourth …
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