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Lupin - Chapter 5

episode 1.5

France 2021
produced by
Roxanne Pinheiro for Gaumont/Netflix
directed by Marcela Said
starring Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier, Etan Simon, Adama Niane, Soufiane Guerrab, Vincent Londez, Shirine Boutella, Clotilde Hesme, Hervé Pierre, Antoine Gouy, Vincent Garanger, Bérangère Dautun, Valérie de Dietrich, Pierre Rousselet, Caroline Borderieux, David Forgit, Vincent Furic, Cédric Meusburger, Fabien Giameluca
written and created by George Kay, François Uzan, based on the character Arsène Lupin, created by Maurice Leblanc, music by Mathieu Lamboley

Lupin, Arsène Lupin

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's Assane's (Omar Sy) son Raoul's (Etan Simon) birthday, and for the occasion Assane wants to take him and his ex Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) to Le Havre to one of the key location in the Arsène Lupin books, which Raoul enjoys just as much as his father does. But on the train, Assane spots Léonard (Adama Niane), his arch enemy Pellegrini's (Hervé Pierre) muscle. So Assane first tries to take care of Léonard by brute force, then has him arrested for the crimes he, Assane, is wanted for. Then he enjoys a day on the beach with Raoul and Claire, but somehow Léonard is released by the police pretty much on the spot and thus is able to take Raoul captive for a cliffhanger into season 2 ...


Frankly, a bit of a disappointing episode as its inherent function seems to be to work towards the cliffhanger, but with little narrative finesse, so there are no elaborate but minutely laid out plans here, no big deceptions, no surprises or reveals, it's basically just Lupin being played for a change, but with very little elegance, and quite against character he makes too easy a victim. Now of course, the cliffhanger ending does make sure one returns for the second season, but the road to it was rather dull.


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