what is the new historical saga of France 2 broadcast tonight worth?

what is the new historical saga of France 2 broadcast tonight worth?

France 2 unveils this Monday August 29 its new back-to-school series, And the mountain will bloom. A historical fiction, which prolongs the summer under the Provençal sun and plunges us into the heart of the 19th century.

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The Indian summer starts on France 2! If this week marks the start of the new school year for schoolchildren and parents, La Deux has however decided to extend the summer season from this Monday, August 29 with its new historical series, And the mountain will bloom. After Germinal last yearthe public service channel affirms again that the sagas have not disappeared, the proof is with this adaptation in six episodes of the book The Linden Mas, signed by the successful novelist Françoise Bourdon, known for her period novels. Direction the summer of 1837 in Provence: when the young Jean-Baptiste (Guillaume Arnault already noticed in Germinal) is driven out of the family farmhouse by his father (Philip Torreton), he takes refuge with his aunt, camped by the formidable Constance Dollé. The story of a fight for the family heritage, against the backdrop of a political revolt that rumbles in the hills of Provence.

And the mountain will bloom: what is the new historical saga of France 2 broadcast tonight worth?

The sublime decors serve here as a setting for a political narrative, that of a republican Provence brought to life by social inequalities. Difficult, in the dialogues where the poorest social classes feel neglected and abandoned to their fate for the benefit of the richest, not to hear a real echo of the Yellow Vests movement. But it is above all a fresco on female emancipation that is erected: if Jean-Baptiste is the red thread of the story, it is above all the women who surround and accompany him who burst the screen. And it is their independence and freedom of spirit that mark. First with her aunt Blanche, who shows incredible strength in the face of the multiple bereavements she goes through, and the hardworking and independent duo she forms with her friend Zélie, alias Ophelia Kolb, discovered in the series Ten percent and who demonstrates here a real ability to juggle genres. But it is above all Lila who embodies this strength: interpreted with delicacy by Claire Duburcq, she was brought up far from the villages by her grandmother and therefore does not bother with the habits and customs that are attributed to women at that time, even if it means destabilizing more than one. A real discovery that promises to make sparks in the future. Without forgetting the appreciable participation of Hélène de Fougerolles, who embodies Séraphine, a former prostitute who comes to shake up the established order at the farmhouse.

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Crazy work on sets and costumes

If this journey through time echoes very current debates, its main asset lies above all in the fabulous setting that welcomes the actors. From the first images, we are in Provence, the cicadas are singing and the smell of lime trees and lavender floats in the air. The series is a real postcard of the region. But what would period fiction be without quality costumes? This is fortunately the case here: we (re)discover the differences in dress between peasants, landowners, workers or servants… Not to mention the corsets, uncomfortable just to look at them, that women had to wear, another way of constraining them . One observes with pleasure the work of goldsmiths of the costumers and costumers who knew how to transcribe the social strata of the time which were codified by the habit as soon as you get out of bed. If we can still regret the lack of rhythm of the saga, which delights too much in a slow southern afternoon rhythm, even if it means losing the attention of the viewer, France 2 still delivers a very nice show, both in substance and in form.

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