Tonight on OCS, Tiphaine Daviot puts on Sheila’s blouse, a young psychiatry intern overwhelmed by a hospital in crisis and the burnout of her colleague Jimmy (Raphaël Quenard) for a darker and chaotic season 2 of “HP” – more adult too.
After a first season crowned with the Prize for the best 26 minutes series at the La Rochelle Fiction Festival in 2018, HP, dramatic comedy created by Angela Soup and Sarah Santamaria-Mertens with the collaboration of Camille Rosset (co-writer ofIrresponsible) is back for a season 2 which kicks off November 4th on OCS.
Taking over from Emilie Noblet in the production for this season (the latter now devoting itself to another comedy, Parliament, for Francetv Slash), the two creators continue the intimate exploration of their heroine, internal overwhelmed by the lack of means of a psychiatric service rendered bloodless by absurd profitability instructions, but also by the burn-out of his co-intern and mentor of season 1, Jimmy, struck down by pressure and an addiction to benzodiazepines.
Between an interned co-intern and a hospital under financial pressure, how can you remain human within a system that is no longer human?
“Psychiatry is an environment that we never hear about, it’s a bit shameful and yet, as soon as we talk about it around us, everyone has had to deal with it directly or indirectly.“underlines Tiphaine Daviot, the interpreter of Sheila that we recently saw on the poster of the film Fragile by Emma Benestan or the TV movie L’Ami which does not exist on France 2.
“As much as we have seen a lot of series on the hospital environment with quite concrete things to fight, viruses, cancers, operations, things like that, as much with psychiatry, we are purely on the human, and there has fewer “effective” cures. We are more on listening, understanding, and that’s what the first season is about: there is a lot of intuition involved.”
For the actress, this approach to psychiatry in HP opens up other horizons on the notion of standard. “We are in a society that dictates its rules, but are they the right ones? Couldn’t there be some other way? We treat people, but isn’t it society that should be treated instead?“
“This is the guideline we kept from season 1, trying to question that for all the characters, and talk about the hospital in crisis.“for Sarah Santamaria-Mertens. A theme necessarily echoing the global health crisis that took place in 2020.
“At the time of writing Season 2, we were talking with interns who kept telling us that they were going to crack, that they couldn’t take it anymore, that it was difficult. And it turned out even more true with the COVID which was added on top of it“adds the director.
Still signing the script for the ten episodes, Sarah Santamaria-Mertens and Angela Soupe also took the artistic direction of this season, both having cut their teeth on webseries (Fluide sur Arte for the first and Les Textapes d’Alice for the second.)
“For season 1, it did not necessarily lend itself to it and it was not a problem in itself, but the fact of making season 2 (due to a post-COVID schedule conjecture for Emilie Noblet, nldr) was a great outcome for us “she rejoices.
This season is also about a loss of control for its heroine, Sheila, who lets herself be carried away by what is happening to her. “In her love life, it messed up a bit at the end of the first season, and her private life took a hit. The contours of her life have exploded a bit, and here I think she is completely taken over. by the job and that she no longer relies on her intuition, whereas at the beginning she tended to start from the theory. She lets herself be completely absorbed by that like a blotting paper, and does not control much any more ” , Tiphaine Daviot analysis.
At the time of writing Season 2, we were talking with interns who kept telling us that they were going to crack, that they couldn’t take it anymore, that it was difficult. And it turned out even more true with the COVID which was added on top of it
For the co-producer of the series, Marc Missonnier, “the dikes that existed between patients and caregivers creak in season 2.“A porosity that spreads into the staging, darker and chaotic than the previous season, with defective neon lights that plunge the characters into semi-darkness and give the impression of a ship in the midst of a sinking.
“With these flashing lights, we really wanted to bring the hospital and its walls to life in a very organic way.“Sarah Santamaria-Mertens reports.”We were much more on a comedy register in season 1, and for that …