La Revolution premiered on 16th October 2020. Starring Amir El Kacem, Lionel Erdogan, Marilou Aussilloux, Laurent Lucas, and Julien Frison alongside other cast members, the series is approximately 8 hours long with 8 episodes revolving around the French Revolution of 1789. The cause for this rebellion is said to be the state of famish and poverty that established itself in France back in 1788 due to King Louis XVI and his predecessor’s extravagant spending which broke down the economy of the country. Two decades of poor harvests, drought, cattle diseases, brutal killing of communities, loot, high taxes, and skyrocketing bread prices had kindled unrest within peasants and the poor folks.
History Is Just An Account Told And Retold With Constant Changes And Lies!
“My name is Madeleine De Montargis and this is my testament. I will tell you what I saw how the age of darkness became that of enlightenment”
La Revolution is set in the backdrop of the French Revolution, 1789. The series initially can be seen to have been accounted in the months from December to March when it snows in France and the viewers see dead, beheaded men lying in the snow and more people being killed. Thereafter, flashback storytelling tells us what led to the destruction and violence. Madeleine, the killer on the blood-soaked white horse, is our narrator here who takes us back to the end of the year 1787 when it all started.
The story that starts with the murder of a 16-year-old poor girl Rebecca marks the onset of the rebellion. But Rebecca is not the only one. Over the years peasant girls have gone missing with no trace at all and it’s high time this stops and the novelty pays. It is here that we are introduced to Countess Élise who is a strong-willed girl and seems to be disconnected from this life of luxury that causes pain to people. Madeleine is her younger sister who is deaf and dumb and often encounters horrific fits.
Hereafter, we are taken to the city asylum where a doctor named Joseph is practising, and there’s not much time till when he realizes that something fatal is going on in the city. The missings girls are just the start and something more horrible is just over the horizon. What follows is mayhem, cruelty, poverty, and a revelation that leaves everybody shook.
Time and again, the story of the French Revolution is brought to us in different ways. The revolution has been twisted and turned into various spectrums like a documentary, docuseries, a romance built around those times, and more but La Revolution is a completely different take on what happened during those gruesome times. The series is a horror-fantasy-fiction with royalty and corruption embedded into it.
Watching La Revolution is a treat. As someone who has already studied loads about this historical rebellion, a new take on it with mystery, fantasy, romance and socio-political structures is an absolute delight. The late 1700s were not good times for France and the different elements that the series has meshed together make it a wholesome package.
The series is not a political drama and neither does it aim at being one. Therefore, it does not offer any uptight social commentary but rather, roots itself into the despair of the poor and suffering and in the boundaries of horror-fiction. The series trivializes aspects of the historical rebellion which, to some people, might be a turn-off. However, as a series that aims to go against the conventional idea, it works out well.
The storyline is often a bit complex but comes together seamlessly. There are various stories running on the same track with the characters juggling here and there but it all makes sense – love, death, betrayal, fear, suppression, and power are the central ideas of almost everyone’s story. The story is complex, yes! But is worth spending 8 hours, absolutely. As a story that is different from how historians have presented it throughout decades, La Revolution does an amazing job in aspects of its background setup, storytelling, and cast.
The cast of La Revolution is flawless in their respective roles. Be it Elise’s (Marilou Aussilloux) strength, Joseph Guillotin’s (Amir El Kacem) dedication, and hope, Donatien de Montargis’s (Julien Frison) descend into madness, deceit and corruption, Madeleine’s (Amélia Lacquemant) fear and uprise, Charles de Montargis’s (Laurent Lucas) villainous uncle to Elise and Madeleine who is unsettling throughout, Katell’s (Isabel Aimé González-Sola) love, dedication and strength or Albert Guillotin’s (Lionel Erdogan) rise from the death and potential to rise up – each and every character fits into the narrative like a glove!
Stream It or Skip It
STREAM IT! From cannibals who’ll be the kindest and then will devour you, a doctor who wants to save people even when he knows their truth to a group of rebels who carve their symbol on royal guards’ head – La revolution has it all. Corruption and church, political and social unrest and murders, missing people, blue blood (literally!) and an epidemic – in short, absolute mayhem makes up for a wholesome and not-too-overwhelming plot in La Revolution. It is an engaging watch in every aspect of it. But if you’re looking for a hardened socio-political commentary on those times, this ain’t the one for you.
La Revolution is now streaming on Netflix.
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