Toutouyoutou & The Black Butterflies

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France, 1980s. In a very greyish village in the Toulouse region which is home to a renowned center for aeronautics, carrying out top secret research. Carine, a somewhat grey, somewhat ordinary housewife, sees a sexy American aerobics teacher arrive in front of her house. But what everyone does not know is that this new neighbor, who obviously attracts all male gazes with her perfect size, is actually a spy in the pay of Uncle Sam.

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First quality of the series, it is this mischievous manner of diverting evidences. We think we’re going on a parody sitcom and we find ourselves in a wild spy plot, intrigues in ten episodes which will reveal in passing the intelligence and the hidden investigative talents of our heroine.

So alert, feminist, slightly queer writing. The series signed Maxime Donzel and Géraldine de Margerie. And they both find, in a tasty way, a balance between funny comedy and second-degree spy film. On the casting side, it’s flawless. Claire Dumas and Sophie Kettani, perfect in Desperate Housewives, which would end up in an episode of Mission Impossible. Splits, you will tell me, but what could be more normal for a series on aerobics?

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We are this time in the 70s, in the south of France. A couple traces a bloody road. She seduces men whom her companion furiously murders. An art of crime that cements and excites this psychopathic duo. 50 years later, L’homme invites Adrien, a young writer revealed by a brilliant first novel but who failed to transform the essay, to collect these sinister memoirs. Then begins for the young man a dizzying dive into horror.

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Better to prevent everything, the first episode, between mise en abyme of the story in the story and the back and forth game between past and present, is a bit slow. But from the second, it wakes up, it finds its rhythm. It assumes its darkness. And I can say that she is very deep and composes a requiem which skilfully orchestrates her twists. It is an understatement to say that we give in to the poisonous charm of this asphyxiating thriller to which Nicolas Duvauchelle and Niels Arestrup lend their feline and disturbing charisma. Without forgetting Axel, Granberger who plays young Niels Arestrup and who is the real black diamond of this devilishly addictive series by Olivier Abbou and Bruno Merle.

► The Black Butterflies on Arte. Series in six episodes, which will be broadcast on September 22 and 29 on the Arte channel from 8:55 p.m., then will be available on the site for almost a month.

Toutouyoutou & The Black Butterflies