We need to recognize it once and for all: in the era of coronavirus, Netflix is everything. The platform has kept us entertained with its large number and variety of films, series and documentaries. If last week, we were talking about Ryan Murphy’s long-awaited series, Hollywood, today we want to highlight the new drama of Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, The Eddy.
We know Damien Chazelle loves jazz because he tells us. In his film debut, Whiplash, he described the sado-masochistic relationship between a drum teacher and his student. He then introduced us to La La Land, a dream musical that won him the Oscar for Best Director at the age of 32. Afterwards, he made First Man, a well-received biographical film, although this time it was not a musical about Neil Armstrong and now debuted on the small screen with the series, The Eddy. An ambitious proposal that takes us to Paris and tells the story of Elliot Udo (Andre Holland), a jazz pianist and co-owner of The Eddy club, his ex-girlfriend and singer maja (Johanna Kulig), his partner Farid (Thar Rahim) and his wife Amira (Leila Bekhti), as well as Elliot’s daughter, Julie (Amandla Sternberg), stories in which the characters are involved in a series of unexpected situations affecting their personal lives.In addition, the series addresses the issue of multiculturalism in Parisian neighborhoods, how different cultural traditions converge in them.
Damien Chazelle chose Paris not only for being in love with the City of Lights, but also to pay homage to the film movement of the French New Wave, the Nouvelle Vague, from the late 1950s, with filmmakers of the level of Bazin, Francois Truffaut, Alain Resnais, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol or Jean-God Lucard, among others.
The Eddy not only stands out for its captivating plot, but also for the large cast that is part of its production. Together with Damien Chazelle, they also lead Alan Poul (Tales of the City), Houda Benyamina (Divines) and Laila Marrakchi (Le Bureau des legéndes). In addition, the series is written by Jack Thorme (Harry Potter and the Cursed Legacy), the musical direction is directed by legendary producer Glen Ballard and the musicians who are part of the show’s band are real-life artists Randy Kerber, Ludovic Louis, Lada Obradovic, Jowee Omicil, and Damian New Cortes.
A exciting argument that has as its stage the heart of Paris and as an accompaniment the music.