Summer dries up the flow of series and the two novelties that we offer you this week have in common the loneliness of their protagonists, that one drags around Tel Aviv, while the other tries to find meaning in his life on the outskirts of Los Angeles. As bitter and fair as these portraits are, Hamishim and Mr. Corman remain comedies. And if we prefer to stay on familiar ground, we can use the Culture Séries podcast as a precise guide to review some recent successes, from The Mandalorian To Hippocrates.
“Hamishim”: woman on the verge of fiftieth
Alona is almost 50 years old and doesn’t pretend to live it well. Widowed, mistreated by three odious children, she wrote a series project that cannot find a producer, and has not made love for seven years. On his shoulders, already heavy, also weighs the responsibility of his elderly father, suffering from dementia. Everything around her seems to bring her back to her age, intends her cruel order to withdraw from the world.
Much of the interest of Hamishim (“Fifty”) lies in the mise en abyme in which the series created by Israeli author and screenwriter Yael Hedaya engages. Of Better Things To On the Verge (series created by Julie Delpy, visible at the start of the school year on Canal +), series featuring women whose age is around half a century come most of the time to fill a lack of representation on the screen, an institutionalized disinterest fiction for this type of character and the issues associated with it. Hamishim does not quite stand out from the all-comer of this type of introspective series, except for this bittersweet tone, neither funny nor serious, which surrounds this season with an original atmosphere, a bit spicy. Audrey Fournier
Hamishim, series created by Yael Hedaya. With Ilanit Ben-Yaakov, Hila Abramovitch, Yonathan Wachs, Alma Brown (Israel, 2019, 8 x 25 min). On demand on Arte.tv
“Mr. Corman”: the teacher who would have liked to be a rock star
Normally, a generic rolls out names. During the first minute of that of Mr. Corman, there is only one, that of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, creator, performer of the title role, screenwriter, director (of eight episodes out of ten this season), producer and co-author of the songs. All this deployment of industry and talent to tell a few months in the life of a single teacher who works in a school in the San Fernando Valley. It will take the first two episodes (otherwise excellently interpreted and produced with inventiveness) to guess the contours of the company.
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