How French comedy of manners ‘Call My Agent’ became an American sensation

That feeling when you have eaten all the candy in the house and you look on the doorstep to find that someone has sent you a 1-pound box of assorted nuts and chews is pretty much how I felt learning that a fourth season of “Call My Agent” had landed on Netflix.

The series, called “Dix Pour Cent” (“Ten Percent”) in its native France, first came to my attention a couple of summers ago, by word of mouth, when the first two seasons were available. It was quickly clear that this was a series that had my name on it, handwritten and bordered in gold, presented on a dish made of silver. Set in a Paris-based talent agency, it is salted, after the manner of “The Larry Sanders Show,” with real French screen stars, including Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jean Reno (and in the latest season, American Sigourney Weaver) playing ironic versions of themselves, and shot in real Paris locations. And though it is obviously not completely original — it’s a workplace comedy in more than one television tradition — it’s also different in the way that one language is different from another even when a sentence says the same thing. Continue reading “How French comedy of manners ‘Call My Agent’ became an American sensation”

Charlotte Gainsbourg: ‘Everything now is so politically correct. So boring’ 

All clothes: Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.

The actor and singer grew up in her parents’ shadow, and starred in Lars Von Trier’s most extreme films. She talks about why she’s finally comfortable in her own skin [ . . . ]

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Charlotte Gainsbourg Will Tour The U.S. This April

The French singer brings her tour through the United States in April.

Charlotte Gainsbourg is on the road again. The Franco-British singer and actress will be on tour in the United States in April of this year. She will stop in Boston (April 7), Washington (April 8), Brooklyn (April 9), and San Francisco (April 15) and before heading to Coachella in Indio, California.

The star, who made her musical debut at the age of 12, will promote her latest album “Rest,” in which she recalls the death of her father, the famous Serge Gainsbourg, and her half-sister, Kate Barry. It was released in November 2017. The album is produced by the French DJ Sebastian Akchoté, alias “SebastiAn”, who has collaborated with Frank Ocean and Fall Out Boy. He also worked on Gainsbourg’s EP, “Take 2”, released in December.

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Interview: Charlotte Gainsbourg, the daughter of Serge and Jane Birkin, on her wild childhood and her sister’s death

The daughter of France’s sauciest couple has always struggled with the glare of publicity. As Charlotte Gainsbourg releases her most confessional album, she tells Elizabeth Day about her wild childhood and, for the first time, how she still struggles with the untimely death of her sister [ . . . ]

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Charlotte Gainsbourg Finds Her Own Voice


When Charlotte Gainsbourg was 4, her mother took her and her half sister to see “Jaws.” “I don’t know why,” the French actress, singer and style icon, 46, said recently. “Maybe she was drinking a little. And then in the theater, she suddenly realized how traumatizing it was.”

Sipping green tea in a corner booth at the cafe of the Marlton Hotel, casual yet chic in a white T-shirt and jeans, Ms. Gainsbourg recounted her mother’s reaction to watching her young children take in the 1975 killer-shark blockbuster. “She just put her hands on our faces,” she continued. “So the sound is what I kept. It’s part of me.” [ . . . ] Full story at NYTimes