Three years after “Le Bazaar de la Charité”, TF1 is launching “Les Combattantes” tonight, its new historic sequence with Audrey Fleurot, Julie de Bona, Camille Lou, and Sofia Essaïdi. Is that this fresco towards the backdrop of the First World Battle profitable?
What’s it about ?
September 1914. For a number of weeks, the combating has been raging. In a small village within the east of France, a number of kilometers from the German zone, 4 ladies discover themselves thrown into the guts of horror.
Marguerite, a mysterious and flamboyant Parisian prostitute who’s suspected of being a spy; Caroline, spouse of a automobile manufacturing facility proprietor who went to the entrance. She sees herself propelled to the pinnacle of the household enterprise, a colossal and unprecedented problem for a lady firstly of the century; Agnès, mom superior of a convent requisitioned and remodeled right into a navy hospital. Overwhelmed by the inflow of wounded, Agnès is extra tormented and questions her life decisions; and Suzanne, a younger feminist nurse on the run since an abortion that went improper…
Each Monday at 9:10 p.m. on TF1 from September 19. 4 episodes seen out of 8.
Who’s it with?
Initiated by the inventive workforce of the Bazaar of Charity – specifically the producer Iris Bucher (Quad Drama) and the director Alexandre Laurent – Les Combattantes thus sees a return, like an anthology to the American Horror Story – the three actresses major characters of the mini-series which was successful in 2019 on TF1 within the pores and skin of latest characters.
Alongside Audrey Fleurot, Julie de Bona, and Camille Lou, who respectively lend their options to the prostitute Marguerite, the mom superior Agnès, and the fugitive nurse Suzanne, Sofia Essaïdi (La Promesse) joins the journey and completes this quartet of fighters who undergo an intense and tragic second within the historical past of France within the function of bourgeois Caroline Dewitt.
However the sequence’ five-star forged additionally contains Sandrine Bonnaire, who performs Caroline’s mother-in-law, Tchéky Karyo, Laurent Gerra in an sudden function, Tom Leeb, Yannick Choirat, Grégoire Colin, Maxence Danet-Fauvel (Skam France), Vincent Rottiers, Florence Loiret-Caille, Eden Ducourant (For Sarah), and Mikaël Mittelstadt, one of many revelations of Right here all of it begins on TF1.
Nicely price a glance ?
Whereas historic frescoes are on the rise throughout the Channel and throughout the Atlantic, with The Crown, La Chronique des Bridgerton, Resort Portofino, or Downton Abbey which continues to look on the large display, TF1 has managed to revive its letters of the Aristocracy to the style of the nice saga in costume in France in 2019 with Le Bazar de la charité, co-financed by Netflix.
Buoyed by this success, La Une continues its momentum and gives, with the identical workforce, and nonetheless in partnership with Netflix (which can provide the sequence in a number of months), Les Combattantes, which as soon as once more tells the tales of girls which intertwine towards the background of a robust historic occasion. And after the catastrophic fireplace that devastated the Bazaar of Charity in Paris in 1897, it’s right here a small a part of the First World Battle that’s advised by the screenwriters Cécile Lorne and Camille Treiner.
The motion of Les Combattantes takes place in 1914, throughout “the battle of motion”, that’s to say after the battle of the Marne and simply earlier than the trenches. Visually gorgeous, this eight-episode mini-series instantly amazes with its units, costumes, and the putting realism of the battle and hospital scenes it depicts episode after episode.
By means of the tales of Marguerite, Mom Agnès, Suzanne, and Caroline, who’re all gripped in their very own approach by the horror of battle, the 2 authors of Les Combattantes, with the assistance of Alexandre Laurent, handle to revive ladies to their place in Historical past, as a result of these are clearly the nice forgotten of the First World Battle. An excellent thought when you recognize that nearly all the fictions returning to the “Der des Ders” give attention to the viewpoint of males.
If the historic side, which grows over the episodes, is clearly fascinating, we additionally actually just like the cleaning soap facet (within the noble sense of the time period) of the sequence which, just like the Charity Bazaar, enriches the story. of every of the 4 heroines with a great dose of buried secrets and techniques simply ready to resurface. And with main antagonists – camped by Grégoire Colin, Vincent Rottiers, Yannick Choirat, or Laurent Gerra – who threaten their safety, their steadiness, and their future.
Viewers dissatisfied to see the actresses meet so little in The Bazaar of Charity may even be blissful to be taught that they work together a bit extra in Les Combattantes. Certainly, two pairs emerge fairly shortly: Julie de Bona and Camille Lou, who gravitate within the setting of the convent remodeled right into a makeshift navy hospital, and Audrey Fleurot and Sofia Essaïdi, whose characters are linked in a sure approach (however we’ll say no extra).
On the casting facet, TF1’s new big-budget historic fresco doesn’t disappoint because the 4 “Fighters” of the sequence are brilliantly performed by Audrey Fleurot, Camille Lou, Julie de Bona, and Sofia Essaïdi. Whereas Sandrine Bonnaire, Grégoire Colin, Yannick Choirat, Tom Leeb, and Maxence Danet-Fauvel additionally shortly pull out of the sport and sparks of their respective scores.
Solely draw back: Les Combattantes begins in a much less robust and fewer intense approach than Le Bazar (which started with the well-known fireplace and spectacular and suffocating sequences) and takes extra time to put the foundations of its plot and its characters. In such a approach that we now have the impression that the plot solely begins at episode 2. Which might sadly discourage some viewers.
Maybe rather less epic and romantic, in any case out of the 4 episodes that we have been capable of see, Les Combattantes nonetheless stays a top quality fiction that clearly exhibits the indispensable function of girls throughout the First World Battle, both to look after the troopers or to maintain the financial system working within the absence of the boys who had gone to the entrance. And who manages to attract characters to whom we instantly change into hooked up (much more so than in The Bazaar of Charity), heroines with secondary roles which all have their significance.
It stays to be seen whether or not the actual breath of the sequence, which mixes historic narrative and really soapy intrigue, will final till the top and maintain us in suspense till a final episode which we hope might be a climax. However because it stands, TF1’s new fiction is an excellent shock that guarantees to thrill viewers and is a part of a TV season (Purpose for the guts, Out of season, And the mountain will flower, La Maison d’en face) general excessive degree.