The Very Secret Service is a comedy series about a guy who gets chosen to be in the French secret service. He has no idea what his job entails, all they tell him is he is being tested and everything is confidential. He has no idea what he is suppose to do and he made a small mistake with Africa.
The statement being made is quite unclear to me, I feel like it was to get an understanding of what French comedy is like. It could also be how the secret service works and that sometimes “uptight” formal workers, have fun and are amusing.
This French comedy, is very different from what american comedy series/movies are. I did not find much of to be humorous as an american series would be. But, there was some scenes that I found amusing, here and there. I feel like it was a typical French series and was similar to the previous films we have had to watch. It was a more formal side of French society, you see the government part of the country versus the average life.
I enjoyed the series, it was amusing and I ended up wanting to watch more episodes. I got to learn the business aspect of the French world, and maybe some humour on how they act to other foreign countries. I was surprised to see a similarity in the american comedy as to the french. It was similar in a way and had its laughs here and there. I would enjoy watching more of it and see if it gets interesting. I would not recommend it to someone, just because it is not as appealing as the american comedies, but it would be a suggestion to some people, if that is the series they like to get into.
I understand when you say how different French comedy is. I didn't even realize it was supposed to be a comedy because I'm used to the American comedy.
I also had a hard time picking up on the French humor at the beginning but I think it is important for the series.
A Very Secret Service is a Netflix series about a guys who gets a job at a secret service. The job isn’t what he was thinking it was going to be like at all, and he gets constantly worried about if he’s going to get fired right away or not. The show almost gives off a humor of how laid back but harsh the secret service is.
The message that I think the director is trying to get across is letting us know how these detective service’s worked in the mid 1900’s. I know this show is fictional, but I have no background knowledge on French crime investigation services. I do think that like in the show they beat their interrogatories if they don’t tell the truth or refuse to talk to people if they just don’t want to, because there were no laws back then stopping them from doing so.
From the little glimpse I got from this series I think it might be an interesting show. I do really like american crime shows so I think this could be right up my alley. It shows some humor while also having drama and fear while watching. One thing that I’m wondering after this, is how the criminal investigation services are today in France. Are there still not many laws or do they more like America where you can have lawyers and the detectives can’t harm who their interrogating. Overall I would watch a couple more episodes and see how much I got hooked on the show.
I did not think about how it relates to crime shows, but you're right it kinda had that vibe going
I thought it was interesting that the 'enhanced interrogation' left no real visible wounds on the interrogatories. In anything by hollywood, there would be blood flying and just the right lighting to highlight the cuts and bruises.
A Very Secret Service is a French Netflix series set in 1960 that follows the character André Merlaux, a newly recruited member of the French Secret Service. The first episode of the series begins with Merlaux seated practically naked in a dark, empty room across from a shadowy man sitting at a desk. It appears that Merlaux does not know where he is or what is going on, but by the end of the conversation, he has been accepted into training to become a Secret Service agent. The first episode of the series depicts Merlaux’s first day at work, as he struggles to understand his job with little intervention or instruction from the man who hired him. Despite the serious nature of their jobs, all of the characters come off as relatively aloof and cavalier. Dialogue between characters portrayed somewhat of an ethnocentric view of the world, as in the case of the receptionist who asked the African men why they do not have French names and one of the agent’s statements in response to possible distress abroad that “Afrique c’est Afrique” rather than addressing the issue fairly. From what I have learned about 1960s France, this ethnocentrism does not surprise me. Although the French have had relations with the Caribbean and African for hundreds of years, it appears to me that many mainland French citizen may not have been very educated and empathetic regarding their international affairs.
I also picked up on the international affairs piece. I think the series brought an inside look to it.
This TV series depicts the life of Andre who we quickly find out is a new recruit to the secret service. The opening scene left me confused as to why he was naked and confused about where he is or what is going on at all! He is constantly worried throughout the series about his job status and if he will be fired because he thought the job would be something completely different. The director incorporated French humor by giving the position a light tone and trying to make light of the career. It took me a little bit into the show to figure out that the director was intentionally trying to incorporate humor. I believe that the author was trying to depict French humor as well as an inside look into the French secret service system or crime investigation in general. I think another important aspect is the international affairs piece and how little the people of mainland France interact with others outside of this ingroup.
I was also very confused with this show but still maybe continue watching it.
It was also difficult for me to follow the humor, as it took a while to see how it was incorporated in the show.
A Very Secret Service is about a spy who is consistently watched over. He has to learn how to work with the African colonies wanting to gain their own independence. These series have a sense of humor however, you also get to see a partial view of how the French government operates. It also shows how America sees the French by opening the series with the main character left naked to figure out what had happened. I feel that Americans view the French as showing off their sexuality, especially due to the saying, "Paint me like one of your French girls". I feel as though I would have to watch more episodes of the series to see if I would truly recommend this to someone.
I agree in that American films and shows are really sexualized.
A Very Secret Service is a French series on Netflix that revolved around the life of a man named Andre, who has just been selected to be a part of the French secret service. Though not extremely hard to follow, I was confused at the beginning of the show as to why Andre was tied up to a chair in nothing but is undergarments, why he was selected to be a part of the secret service, and why he said yes right away without questioning the fact that he was bought there against his will and treated pretty inhumanely. The remainder of the episode was pretty interesting, as it was fascinating to see what a French comedy was like, and how it differed from that of an American comedy. However, I didn’t particularly enjoy it, as the humor was pretty dry and often difficult to follow.
Another interesting concept in this episode was the racism present. At one point, three African men visit the office that Andre was working at. When interacting with these men, the receptionist made a comment asking these men why they didn’t have more French sounding names, as they are now in France and not Africa. As this show was set in the 1960s, this aspect in the show did make sense, and it was interesting to see how racism is evident in French media rather than American. I feel as though in American films and shows, racist comments, especially back in the 1960s, would’ve been more prevalent.
Overall, I did not really enjoy this series, as it was pretty dry and almost cliché. It was hard for me to remain interested, as it got kind of boring in the middle. Though it was interesting to see a French series, I don’t think I would continue watching.
I agree that American shows/films would have been far more racist, even shows that take place in the past tend to play up the racism.
This TV series depicts the life of Andre who we quickly find out is a new recruit to the secret service. The opening scene left me confused as to why he was naked and confused about where he is or what is going on at all! He is constantly worried throughout the series about his job status and if he will be fired because he thought the job would be something completely different. The director incorporated French humor by giving the position a light tone and trying to make light of the career. It took me a little bit into the show to figure out that the director was intentionally trying to incorporate humor. I believe that the author was trying to depict French humor as well as an inside look into the French secret service system or crime investigation in general. I think another important aspect is the international affairs piece and how little the people of mainland France interact with others outside of this ingroup
A Very Secret Service is about a young man recruited into a French intelligence agency. They give him no details of the job and tell him there will be a test. I thought the show was very enjoyable. It played off of cultural stereotypes in a light-hearted way; in the second episode, the French agents don’t want to work with the West German agent not because the war was only 15 years ago, but because the Germans are always on time. I think the portrayal of the French agents as so stereotypically French was a good example of the type of humor used, similar to when American shows go over the top playing off of American stereotypes like love of guns and workaholics. The humor was dry, but I generally enjoy that type of humor. I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the episodes.