Each month, franceinfo offers you a selection of series to discover on television or on SVoD platforms.
If you were thinking of taking a break from your viewing at the start of summer, think again. Very beautiful series arrive in France, that they are already known and proposed again, like X-Files or Tea Killing, or simply waited for weeks, like Normal People. In short, it is not yet in July that you will take down your screens.
“The prodigious friend” (from July 1 on France 2)
Unless you have spent this beginning of a century in a coma, you must have heard of The prodigious friend, Literary success in four volumes published between 2011 and 2014 and signed Elena Ferrante, an Italian author of which we only know the pseudonym. The story of an immense friendship (of autobiographical inspiration) between two little girls begins in a poor district of Naples in the 1950s.
After Canal +, it is therefore France 2’s turn to offer, in prime time, the eight episodes of this first season which corresponds to the first volume of the saga. Let its readers be reassured, this adaptation is faithful to the novels and benefits from a very beautiful cast, starting with the actresses playing the two little girls, the breathtaking Elisa del Genio (Elena Greco) and Ludovica Nasti (Lila Cerullo). Three other seasons will follow to stick to the story of the books and continue to follow young women for almost twenty years. The second has just been broadcast on the encrypted channel.
“Warrior Nun” (July 2 on Netflix)
Demons, nuns badass, superpowers and fights galore … With Warrior nun, Netflix is clearly not in the lace, but we will not sulk his pleasure by discovering the serial adaptation of this comic strip to the manga style signed by the American author Ben Dunn in the 90s (and still new in France ). The story revolves around Ava (embodied by the Portuguese actress Alba Baptista), a teenager who wakes up in the morgue and finds herself co-opted by the Order of the cruciform sword, an ancestral secret society made up of overtrained nuns who use their powers to fight the demons.
When writing some of these ten episodes created by the Canadian Simon Barry (Continuum), we note the presence of David Hayter, scriptwriter of the first two X-Men Bryan Singer and Watchmen by Zack Snyder.
“The Killing” (from July 2 on Arte)
We no longer present The killing, Danish multi-press detective series (Forbrydelsen in VO) which gave birth to a genre in its own right, the Scandinavian thriller, which was relayed by the chain Arte in France. With its very simple model – one season, one survey; an episode, a day of investigation – The killing is the embodiment of effective thriller. But what makes the difference is above all her heroine, inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl), as pugnacious as she is tortured.
The first three seasons will be broadcast every Thursday from July 2 and throughout the summer on the Franco-German channel, but they are already available on arte.tv. A classic to see or review.
“Ju-on: Origins” (July 3 on Netflix)
If the film Do we doesn’t tell you anything, you should know The Grudge, the American version produced by the same Japanese, Takashi Shimizu. Well-known to horror movie lovers, this saga is experiencing a new version, this time in series, and on Netflix. Always inspired by real facts, Ju-on: Origins immerses us, as its name suggests, in the origins of evil, personified by a Tokyo house. Only six episodes are planned, but that should be enough to keep you from sleeping.
“Stateless” (July 8 on Netflix)
Good news, the love story between Cate Blanchett and the TV series has only just begun. After playing a formidable anti-feminist in the excellent Mrs america broadcast on Canal +, the Australian actress returns to the camera, but also to production for a project that was close to her heart. Inspired by a True Story, Stateless follows the fate of four foreigners held in an Australian immigration detention center. Among them, Sofie Werner (Yvonne Strahovski, seen in The Handmaid’s Tale, Dexter or Chuck), a German stewardess who seeks to escape a sect.
Presented this year at the Berlinale, this Australian mini-series in six episodes also gratifies us by the presence in the cast of Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair).
“Love Life” (from July 9 on OCS)
You are struggling on Tinder, Happn and other applications of meet ? Then you may recognize yourself in Love life, the first original series from HBO Max, the HBO SVoD platform, recently launched in the United States. Designed as an anthology, this first season focuses on Darby (Anna Kendrick, seen in Pitch Perfect, In The air and Twilight), a young New Yorker who goes on a series of miserable encounters, which she details on the menu.
The first ten episodes of Love life will be available on OCS on July 9.
“Japan Sinks: 2020” (July 9 on Netflix)
After making the incredible animation series Devilman Crybaby, and one of the best feature films of recent years, Night is Short, Walk on Girl (both available on Netflix), the Japanese animation prodigy, Masaaki Yuasa, is back on the American platform with a new project. Inspired by The Submersion of Japan, a science fiction novel dating from the 1970s and signed Sakyo Komatsu, Japan Sinks: 2020 tells the story of a family trying to get out of it as the Japanese archipelago slowly sinks, shaken by violent earthquakes.
The ten-episode series will go online on July 9.
“Normal People” (July 16 on Starzplay)
Connell and Marianne are two teenagers who attend the same high school in a small town in the north west of Ireland. Both fairly introverted, they start a relationship that Connell prefers to hide from his friends. He is quite popular, while Marianne struggles to integrate. But the girl suffers from it and ends up putting an end to it. Later, they happen to find themselves in Dublin where they are both doing graduate studies.
Adapted from the hit eponymous novel by Sally Rooney, Normal People follows for several years this couple who continues to separate and suffer, unable to communicate on their feelings. A dive into the almost obvious intimacy of a man and a woman paralyzed by their respective traumas.
“Dispatches from Elsewhere” (July 24 on Amazon Prime Video)
Difficult to summarize the new series produced by the American chain AMC and created by the actor Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother or 40 years user’s Guide). Designed as an anthology, Dispatches from Elsewhere is the story of four people who end up participating in some sort of puzzle game urban planning organized by the mysterious Jejune Institute in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).
Inspired by the documentary The Institute which tells how the artist Jeff Hull launched in 2008 in San Francisco, a treasure hunt which brought together thousands of people for three years, Dispatches from Elsewhere is a real television UFO that seduces, among other things, by its excellent casting led by the always brilliant Sally Field (The Seasons of the Heart, Lincoln), André Benjamin (alias André 3000, half of the Outkast duo) and Richard E. Grant (recently seen in Logan and the 9th episode of Star Wars).
On the cover side…
FINALLY. The highly anticipated fourth and final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend arrives from July 5 on Téva, while the first three are still visible on Netflix. The SVoD giant welcomes season 2 ofUmbrella Academy arriving on July 31.
In addition, note on your tablets that the integral of X-Files (i.e. eleven seasons) will be available on Amazon Prime Video from July 7. By the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, the excellent British police series River, which is no longer available on Netflix, will be broadcast on Polar + starting July 6.