Television review Arsène Lupine returns to the screen – inspired by the classic, the addictive, entertaining and smart Netflix series of the modern gentleman thief was born

In Netflix’s Lupine series, a vengeful intruder hides behind his skin color.

Maurice Leblanc was once commissioned by the French to create their own counterpart to Sherlock Holmes, and the first Arsène Lupine report appeared in 1905. Leblanc created a character who did not solve crimes but committed them himself. Lupine was a gentleman and a masterfully skilled thief.

Lupine became a classic that has been versioned many times. In fact, I’m so old that I remember well the 1970s Lupine series on television. A modern remake has been expected especially for the British Sherlockseries aftertraids.

French fries now created the whole story anew but in such a way that it revolves around Leblanc’s original books. Also quite physical pieces, as the series flashes stunning editions from different decades.

New Lupine the protagonist is Assane, the only son of a single father who moved from Senegal to France (Omar Sy).

Assane loses his father at a young age when his father’s employer, the rich scammer Pelegrini (Hervé Pierre), sets this as the culprit for jewelry theft. Dad hangs himself in a prison cell.

Assane is on a vengeance, for Pelegrini is still alive.

The series starts when Marie Antoinetten the necklace goes on sale, and an unobtrusive cleaner with an immigrant background begins to revolve around the jewelry placed in the display case.

The books relate to the story because Assane has read Lupini’s adventures since he was a child. He learns from them that he can “play the game but follow the rules”.

When, as an adult, Assane then begins to find out about his father’s fate in earnest and the cops get to his feet, one of the cops hints that Assane is repeating familiar tricks from the books. Colleagues, of course, find the idea of ​​the police silly.

French fries have embraced the new series with mixed feelings, perhaps also because it hurts painfully in sensitive places in society.

Assane gets to sneak everywhere because black people are really invisible. He is sometimes a cleaner, sometimes a messenger or a prisoner. Unlike books and previous versions, the protagonist is not a female man, which is a welcome change in turn.

In the fourth episode, alongside Assane, an older, poor, poor journalist becomes a hero (Anne Benoît) – he is an equally invisible citizen.

To the lead role chosen Omar Sy is especially known for his role in the blockbuster film Untouched. He is a big star in France.

George Kayn and François Uzanin the series created by him is at once addictive, entertaining and intelligent, and Assane rarely resorted to violence.

Lupine, Netflix.


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