1. La Chalet is a tri story line show that follows an interview, events that happened six months before the interview, and events that happened twenty years before. The story twenty years ago is about a family that moved into the Chalet, the story six months before is about a couple, that is expecting, comes to the Chalet for their wedding, and the interview has something to do with the people in the six-month story. The twenty-year story is the six-month story people’s childhood.
2. I am not sure what statement or argument the director is making. All I know is that it follows the different story lines, there is a guy that is tied up on the side of the road in the six-month one, and Alice, the fiancé, has weird visions. If the goal of the director was to confuse me, then he succeeded other than that- I have no idea.
3. The family that moves in, the dad is a writer, so the film relates to class in that way, as we discussed the verb. When I listened to it in French it was one of the few parts that I understood well having heard it in class.
4. The film was good, just really confusing to me. I have learned that I comprehend more than I thought I did from listening to the French with French subtitles. I was surprised when the blood started seeping from the bathroom tiles, I thought it was going to turn into and American Horror Story type thing. I would love to find out how the guy got tied up in the woods, and what happened twenty years ago to make everybody say they would never go back. I would recommend this show to a friend if they were interested in the psychological thriller genre, as it is a good representation of it in French- which is cool.
Tori, I totally understand on number 3. I'm very confused on what the meaning is and what the director is trying to convey.
And I didn't even think of how the dad is a writer and we're discussing that action in class! Good Job!
I think the director's message becomes clearer as you progress through the show. For me, I interpreted it as present events relating to the past. But I'm not 100% sure, we're not film critics.
I think the message will be easier to see once you watch the entire series, it's a bit difficult to figure out based on just one episode.
1. The general storyline of this story is that it’s telling three stories at once. One story is a man in an interrogation room. He is telling the second story which is showing us what happened in the past (leading up a crime I believe). The third story is even further in the past, giving us background to how all of this began. It started with a family consisting of a man, woman, teenage boy, and child daughter buying a secluded house in the woods of this tiny town so that the father can find inspiration for his next book. Fast forward about 20-ish years and now we’re in the same town but a young couple is visiting to celebrate their engagement with family and friends; in the same house. Fast-forward even more and it’s this man being interrogated by some type of official. By the way he seems distressed, you can tell something bad happened in the mountains with this young couple.
2. I’m not entirely sure on the statement the director is trying to make, but I think its somewhere along the lines of ‘Don’t believe everything someone tells you’. Sebastian, the man who is telling the story, seems to have some warped sense of how it actually happened (i.e. him saying he was a great guy and everyone loved him). The main girl, Adele seems to actually be the youngest daughter of the family who first bought the house many years ago. She’s just going by a different name and a fake past; hence the theme ‘don’t trust what people tell you’.
3. The only comparisons I can make with what I know about France and what was shown in the first episode of Le Chalet is that France is incredibly beautiful and that French people talk incredibly fast. I had to turn on the English subtitles every now and again to make sure I knew what was happening.
4. I absolutely LOVED this show. At first it was super hard to follow what was going on and the timeline of everything but once I set that straight, it was just a rollercoaster of emotion. I want to watch more to find out what was the crime? Is Adele really the younger daughter of the first family? Why did she see blood on the floor? What happened to the teenage boy and his love interest; why does she have a new many in the future? What’s happening!? WHO'S THE KILLER? I need to watch more.
I needed English subs too! They talk sssooo fast.
SPOILER ALERT!: "Who's the killer?" More like who are the killers. That twist pissed me off, but looking back it was kind of obvious.
I never would have guessed that Adele was the daughter of the family that came to live there twenty years ago. That is an interesting guess as to what is going to happen in the show. Additionally, the girl in the car with Manu on the way back, when the bridge collapses, is the same girl that kissed the young boy in the tree house.
1. Pardonnez mon anglais, but that shit was good! I just finished the season. If you plan on watching, buckle up. It's a wild ride. Episode 1 of Le Chalet starts off quite intensely. The first scene is of a man being interrogated by an investigator. Apparently, he had a hand in some events that happened at a chalet in the mountain. Then we flashback to the French village in the Alps. There's a couple driving. There we, the viewers, see a man bound to a tree. Something nefarious is obviously happening. Then we meet a few characters like the family who 20 years prior move to the same chalet. Our couple are warned by the to leave the village. Of course, they didn't, that's never how these stories end. Then Adèle starts seeing blood coming from the floorboards. Later Adèle and Manu are having guests over for their wedding party. While driving back to the village rocks from a cliff above destroy the bridge behind them. They're now stuck in the chalet.
2. I think the director is trying to make the statement that the past affects the present. Without spoiling anything, Adèle's past is causing her to act the way she is and Sébastien's past is what causes people to perceive him in the manner that they do. I really like this idea. Without knowledge of the past we wouldn't know why these events were taking place.
3. This series felt very French to me. I was just watching for "les bises." Once two guys kissed I knew this was France.
4. I truly enjoyed watching this series. I learned that the French are very dark. The entire show surprised me. I have never seen this genre in French language cinema. I would like to know what like in the Alps is really like. I doubt it all murders and mysteries, but do the mountains hold secrets? Anyway, I love it! I've already recommended it to by BFFL and we're obsessed.
I like your thinking about the meaning behind the film! It makes a lot of sense, especially because they are using different perspectives and timelines.
1. After a bit of google research, I found out that “Le Chalet” means the cabin, which is fitting, considering the main setting in the movie was the cabin. It was a mystery show, which I’m guessing will end up being a murder mystery show. There were three different times that took place in the first episode. There was an interview, a perspective of way before the incidents took place, and one that seems like it was right around the time of the incident.
2. I do not really know what message the writer/director was trying to impose, but I’m guessing that it’s something along the lines of trusting the people you’re around and learning new things about the people you’ve known forever.
3. This is the first French show I’ve seen. I thought it was very interesting, and it seemed very similar to an American mystery show. I found that the language was fairly easy to understand, and when I had the French subtitles on, I could understand most of what they said. Reading it and listening to it is different though. The French speak pretty quickly, but the grammatical structures were easy. I saw some past tense in there as well.
4. I liked the film! I thought it was really interesting! I learned that the French and Americans enjoy similar structured shows. I would like to learn more about other types of French film and how similar other types are to American film. I’d love to watch a horror movie.
It was the first french show I had seen as well, and I too thought it was structured very much like an american mystery show. I also agree that the french speak pretty quickly, but it makes me wonder if that is how they feel when they are listening to Americans speak.