Win the Champions League with OM, the Tour de France with Bernard Hinault, break a record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean by sail, redeem Adidas, becoming a minister and getting closer to the Élysée, while having been a singing star, an actor, a successful TV host, and a Formula 3 driver… Bernard Tapie's absolutely extraordinary and romantic career was well worth it a Netflix miniseries.
Throughout the seven episodes, Tristan Séguéla and Olivier Demangel focus on telling the life of this public figure, while highlighting the private man and his cracks. So what is this new production worth? Here are our opinions (guaranteed without spoilers) on the series Tapie on Netflix.
The opening scene of this original creation hits the mark. We see Bernard Tapie entering prison to the cheers of the other inmates. The businessman takes a seat in his cell, thoughtful. He undoubtedly thinks back to the great moments of his life: entrepreneurship, sport, politics, song, cinema… During his numerous initiatives, the latter left his mark on France for the better and also sometimes for the worse.
< p>It is precisely these various facets that the Netflix series aims to explore. The immersion in France of the 80s and 90s and the atmosphere of the time is quite faithfully transcribed. Special mention to the very effective soundtrack and the effort put into certain details.
The series also rightly mentions the modest social origins of this character which played a big role in his journey. In the main role, Laurent Lafitte is very convincing even though his task was in no way obvious. After a few minutes, we end up forgetting about him and we only see Bernard Tapie on the screen.
We can also welcome the fact that this production does not descend into caricature. Thus, it shows the man in his private life: a rather endearing and sometimes even moving figure. But she also does not erase the gray areas and the various shenanigans that hit the headlines throughout her life.
In the end, we can clearly say that Tristan Séguéla, Olivier Demangel and their team succeeded in their mission: to paint the portrait of a complex, fascinating and intriguing man driven by a fierce desire to be loved.
Written by Tristan Séguela, son of Jacques Séguela (friend of Bernard Tapie), and Olivier Demangel, the Netflix series brilliantly depicts the 30 years of life of Bernard Tapie, from his beginnings as a TV salesman to his career as a businessman. 8217;business and politician. Without ever falling into caricature, Tapie covers the 35 years of a man with many facets.
In the lead role, Laurent Laffite of the Comédie Française does not play Bernard Tapie. He is Bernard Tapie. His physique, already very close to that of the famous businessman, is matched only by his nuanced game. We therefore find the cheekiness of this colorful character, his charisma, his business sense and his gray areas: his machismo, his mistakes, his desire to reach the summits, he who came from #8217;a popular environment.
Around him, Fabrice Lucchini is true to himself in the role of the first investor (crooked, worrying, even frightening) who believed in Tapie. Joséphine Japy (Dominique Tapie), sublime, perfectly embodies the role of the woman of his life.
If the Tapie family has not given its consent for this project (an insert at the beginning of each episode makes this clear), the scenario never falls into overkill. Tapie is sometimes portrayed as a talented businessman/politician without being spared from the dark moments of his history. The episodes are rhythmic, the atmosphere of the period perfectly transcribed (sets, costumes, everything is there) and the soundtrack is impeccable.
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