“Chair Tendre”, “Pure” and “Crime”, the series program of the week


“Tender flesh”, series created by Yaël Langmann (2022).

Variety of formats and tones on the menu this week, with a drama (Pure) and a pole (Crime), both from across the Channel, the raw portrait of an extraordinary teenager (tender flesh) and the return of the creepy June Osborne in the fifth season of The Scarlet Maid.

“Pure”: a TOC in the head

In the first episode of Pure, we take that for a metaphor of the influence of pornography on contemporary unconscious people. "That" are the obscene images that impose themselves on Marnie, a funny and charming young Scotswoman, at the least opportune moments: celebrating her parents' wedding anniversary, she sees them in orgiastic situations, them and the whole family. assistance, to the point of losing control of her words and gestures and, finally, to flee to London where she took refuge with a friend.

Little by little, the series finds its center of gravity: it's not about sex, but about mental suffering: Marnie suffers from a form of OCD, and Pure follows his efforts to learn to live with his illness (the series is called Pure, not Priest). This journey is sketched out (six half-hour episodes, that's short) with confidence, accurately balancing gravity and lightness, thanks first to its main performer, Charly Clive. Thomas Sotinel

“Pure”, series created by Aneil Karia and Alicia MacDonald. With Charly Clive, Joe Cole, Niamh Algar (UK, 2020, 6 x 35 minutes). On Arte.tv.

“Crime”: Irvine Welsh goes from junkies to bobbies

Scottish writer Irvine Welsh doesn't cut corners. But, since his first novel, Trainspotting – brought to the screen by Danny Boyle – he had imposed his paroxysmal style, made up of Scottish dialect, impossible situations, acute suffering and sneers.

Crime is his first television series, inspired by the characters of police officers who appeared in the novels Filth and Crime. Here is Ray Lennox (Dougray Scott), detective in Edinburgh, alcoholic and abstinent cocaine addict, attentive companion of Trudi (Angela Griffin). Anyway, that's at the beginning of the first episode.

A child disappears and the demons resurface until they take over, over the course of an investigation that brings together Ray Lennox and a serial killer. Alas, at the same time as them, it is the clichés of the detective series that invade the screen. The accents to be cut with a knife, the so singular topography of the Scottish capital and the bouts of frenzy of the staging are not enough to dissipate a strong impression of deja vu. T.S.

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