“La Flamme”: what is the parody of the Bachelor with Laetitia Casta and Adèle Exarchopoulos worth?

© Julien Panié - MakingProd / Films Between 2 and 4 / Canal+

© Julien Panié – MakingProd / Films Between 2 and 4 / Canal+

Between Jonathan Cohen and Canal+, it’s a great story of humor. Revealed in 2011 by In short by Kyan Khojandi – the cult miniseries broadcast during Michel Denisot’s Grand Journal – the French actor continued to hone his skills on the private channel, returning to the screen with Serge the mytho – the name of the secondary character of the series Blocked, then giving rise to its own program. In In shorthe was Charles, the hilarious good friend who “always sees the good side of things”, then Serge, therefore, the biggest smooth talker in Paris.

After an infidelity to the channel that launched it – since, in June 2019, he unveiled the first season of his series that was a little too caricatural Family Business on Netflix –, the actor from Pantin returns this fall on Canal+ with his brand new and all the more hilarious original creation, The flame.

© Julien Panié - MakingProd / Films Between 2 and 4 / Canal+
© Julien Panié - MakingProd / Films Between 2 and 4 / Canal+

© Julien Panié – MakingProd / Films Between 2 and 4 / Canal+

A successful parody

With this new series, we can say that Jonathan Cohen had fun. First through writing: he thought – inspired by Burning Lovean American show by Erica Oyama – to stage a parody of the reality show The Bachelor (adapted from the American program of the same name and broadcast in the mid-2000s on M6) where he pretends to be an airline pilot banned from flying in search of love. Taking up the principle of the show, the actor locks himself in a superb villa and surrounds himself with thirteen suitors – each crazier than the other – ready to do anything to win his heart live on television.

Where we see that Jonathan Cohen took pleasure to shoot the series, it is above all through its cast… Throughout the nine episodes where we follow the quarrels and rivalries between the participants, we discover a tribe of hilarious actresses. These actresses, the creator of The flame did not choose them at random: they are her friends for the most part but, more generally, the most talented of current French cinema. Thus, we find Doria Tillier hypersensitive, Géraldine Nakache as a lesbian in love with an Adèle Exarchopoulos who has undergone a transplant and lives with a monkey heart, but also Florence Forestie blind, Céline Sallette in homeless (who benefits from the show to do her laundry and her stock of food) or Leïla Bekhti as an ultra aggressive woman. Without forgetting the guests, also handpicked: Gilles Lellouche as a candidate from the previous season – accompanied by the one he regrets having chosen, Laetitia Casta –, Angèle as a guest with a dazzling presence, Vincent Dedienne, Ramzy Bedia , Vincent Macaigne… The list is long.

With hyper convincing actors in the absurd, we regret, however, that the series is so much centered on the main character, Marc (Jonathan Cohen) and that the camera does not come to film the contenders, whose interpreters often appear but furtively, without ever making a long tirade on the screen… Once the nine episodes have been watched and the competition is over (obviously, the result is unexpected), we still conclude that The Flamee is a successful parody. Better, that it is a series feel good that will make the most serious fans of the Bachelor.

The flame (2020) by Jonathan Cohen and Jérémie Galan, available on Canal+ from October 12.

“La Flamme”: what is the parody of the Bachelor with Laetitia Casta and Adèle Exarchopoulos worth?