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I've been watching on TV Cinq Monde and I find it entertaining.
Seriously, I don't understand the criticism. Why would anybody get his
(or her) knickers in a twist over this harmless bit of TV? It's not
intended to be realistic or profound. It's just a soap opera -- the
French equivalent of, for instance, EastEnders. There are definite
parallels to EE -- several families, different backgrounds, organized
around a square with a local hangout where everybody fetches up sooner
or later -- the pub in EE, Roland's bar in PBLV. Sure, there is more
melodrama than there would be in any real urban setting -- again just
It's entertaining, the actors are almost all appealing. Ça sert à passer une demi-heure. What else do you want? If it's high drama that you're hankering for, don't watch PBLV, go to the Comédie française and catch some Racine.
I'm french and trust me, this is the worst thing I have ever seen in a
Acting : do they actually know what it is? I mean I could anticipate what they're about to say, they're not credible at all. Plot : the story always takes place in the same street and there is more bribery or murders on that street than on any major cities (What the hell?). It's boring and it always talks about the same thing: love, betrayal etc.. Sometimes actors are supposed to tell funny things, I have never laughed (yet).
To conclude, I really don't understand how this show can be so famous amongst people. Four seasons already, wow.
1/10 (too bad 0/10 doesn't exist)
I am hooked on Plus Belle La Vie on TV5 Monde - Europe. The story lines
are the staples of the soap universe, to be sure, but there is
something appealing about the cast (all attractive enough to appear in
an Australian soap!) and the setting (the city of Marseilles looks
absolutely lovely) that makes it more attractive than the grim misery
of EastEnders. I would say it is more akin to Emmerdale in feel - the
humour, the melodrama, the age range of characters...
I want escapism from a soap and Plus Belle La Vie delivers every time. As entertainment it does its job very well. And my French is improving with every episode!
Very good show! Actors are excellent and stories are interesting and
On air since 2004 and still successful.
All categories of people are portrayed in this show: teenagers, families with children, older people, poor or rich people. All those people encounter at Place du Mistral, in Marseilles, France.
Roland is the owner of the bar, Mirta owns Hotel Select, Charlotte the boutique... There is also Blanche, the teacher with her children, Vincent, the architect and his daughter Ninon, Rudi, Mirta's grandson et Luna's son, who will be a medicine doctor...
Many murders are committed and most are solved by policeman Léo.
And many other guest people in this show.
I don't usually give a 1/10 because films or TV series tend to at least
have something of worth, be it action sequences or something, and I'm a
merciful person so most of the time I resort to a 2 or 3 for really bad
things. "Plus Belle la Vie" (or "Poubelle la Vie" as I like to call
it), is the most grotesque, politically correct, cheesy, obnoxious and
of course, unrealistic waste-of-my-life TV series I've ever seen. I
have seen a few episodes in their entirety, all against my will. When I
accidentally fall on an episode, I quickly change channel because I
don't want to give this vile trash any more viewership than it
I remember an episode about some right-wing racist businessman who was the bad guy (who am I kidding, most of the bad guys in this show are right-wing racists - but not the realistic kind, the kind that can only be fantasized by "bourgeois-bohème" writers). In the end of the episode, it was revealed that this right-wing racist businessman was actually... Satan. Yeah, you read that right. That's fine in a De Niro or Pacino thriller movie, not in a awkwardly colorful and politically correct French TV show.
Also, the actors are bad as can be, playing cardboard characters, acting in boring plots, which are often about political or social subjects, the TV show always happy to make tolerance and upper-class hippie naivety be the correct thing to do against the bad meanies! That doesn't mean that you'll like it if you're left-wing. I know of many anarchists and communists who detest this series for those reasons. I will never in my life understand the appeal for "Poubelle la Vie".
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