It’s Christmas before its time on Netflix with Christmas Flow, a new French creation that brings together Shirine Boutella and Tayc on screen. So, good or bad gift?
What is it about ?
When a rapper and a journalist who are opposed to each other meet, the magic of Christmas operates!
Who is it with?
After a fruitful collaboration on Lupine where she plays one of the cops tracking down Omar Sy, Shirine Boutella was offered the lead role of Christmas Flow. The one we discovered in the excellent Papicha slips here into the skin of a feminist journalist closed to love. She gives the reply to Tayc. More accustomed to DALS sets and concerts than to television, the afro love artist takes his first role here. Camille Lou, Marion Seclin or even Walid Ben Mabrouk complete the cast.
It deserves a look?
Forget Halloween, Netflix is definitely launching hostilities with Christmas Flow, its first French series… on the Christmas theme. To us the snowy decorations of the Parisian capital, the colorful balls, the gigantic Christmas tree of the Lafayette galleries, and the big dreadful sweaters that we only get out at this time of the year.
It is in this enchanted setting that Lyna and Marcus will meet. The first is a feminist and committed journalist, the second a rapper recently accused of having made mystical remarks in one of these songs. On paper, they don’t seem made for each other but we already know that the two will overcome their differences and fall in love with each other …
Christmas Flow pushes the screw by wishing to model American productions by taking up commonplaces, without offering anything new or original: two adults who are opposed to everything but who discover common points after many twists and turns, both US music scenes… In short, nothing original under the tree even if this aspect is totally assumed by the authors and the director Nadège Loiseau.
All of this might have worked if the two lead performers didn’t share any true chemistry and the lines sometimes sounded wrong. And you should not count on supporting roles to raise the level, between schoolboy jokes for some (we will spare you this scene around SIF and candle with vagina smell) and heckling for others (Camille Lou in the lead) , it is difficult to breathe in the face of these behaviors taken to the extreme and this avalanche of good feelings.
Fortunately, Christmas Flow improves greatly halfway through episode 2 (of the 3 in the series). She becomes more interesting and touching when she forgets the rom-com side of Christmas to deepen the characters. The side stories get even more exciting than the budding romance between our two heroes.
In the end, it’s dripping with love, it’s not always very logical or well played, but if you are a die-hard fan of Christmas series and films, then you might very well give Christmas Flow a chance.