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Series / The Eddy

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The Eddy is a 2020 8-episode limited series cocreated for Netflix by Damien Chazelle, who also directed its first two episodes.

Elliot Udo is the owner of the jazz club 'The Eddy' in Paris, and his life changes with two major events, his partner Farid ending up involved in crime and his 16-year-old daughter Julie moving from NYC.

This series provides examples of:

  • Bilingual Dialogue: all over the place and realistically. Characters that don't share a native language switch constantly between English and French. Dialogues among native speakers are in their native language. Arabic and Polish are also employed here and there by Amira's family and Maja respectively.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Julie quite a bit of the time slides into this, even given her Freudian Excuse.
  • Cheerful Funeral: in honor of Farid, and in contrast to the stuffy traditional funeral organized by his parents, the Eddy band throws one at Amira's place.
  • Dead Star Walking: Fahid, played by Tahar Rahim and arguably the biggest French star of the series, does not make it past the first episode.
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  • First-Episode Twist: Fahid is seriously wounded by a shady person he was dealing with and dies in the hospital.
  • Gay Paree: Averted. The series was filmed in the eastern part of the city (XII arrondissement) and suburbs (Montreuil and Bobigny) that are far less affluent and touristic than the city center. As a consequence, the TV show depicts a far more multicultural, gritty and popular Paris than usually seen in international productions.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode is titled after the character or building the episode focuses on.
  • It's All About Me: Julie and Elliot tend to lapse into this.
  • Working with the Ex: Elliot and Maja used to date but still work together at the Eddy. It is as tense as you can expect.