Hello and welcome back to the first in a new series of television review posts and since my last post there has been a cornucopia of great television to watch so I am going to start with something available on All4 channel 4’s online service available free to all UK residents the amazing Corsican crime drama ‘Mafiosa’ only series one is currently available but I am sure series two will be added in the near future. Now regular readers will know that I am a big crime drama fan and anything that has a twist on the classic style of these is bound to impress. The synopsis for the show is that after the death of her murdered uncle the boss of the Paoli mafia clan the young lawyer Sandra Paoli is made head of the clan backed by her brother Jean-Michel Paoli she learns how to assert herself in this violent male dominated world, we are treated to many great scenes and plot twists throughout the eight episodes as we watch Sandra’s descent from lawyer to Mafia boss and having to cope with the prejudice of the older mafioso who can’t handle a woman being boss, she soon shows she is more than capable of mixing it with the old guard and puts several of them in their place.
This show is well made and directed with Hélène Fillières doing a superb job in the lead role as Sandra and Thierry Neuvic in the supporting role as Jean-Michel Paoli, also supported by many other family members in cameo roles and smaller parts this show is a gorgeous production but still manages to keep the focus on storytelling and plot. Each episode of this series is its own self-contained story while adding to the overall story progression we see Sandra go from fairly straight-laced lawyer to full on crime boss in a believable and entertaining way. Some media types have said it’s based on the life of Sandra Casanova-Germani and her brother Jean-Luc Germani France’s most wanted man whether or not this is true I’ll leave to you to decide, as for me I just like a good drama real life or fiction makes no difference to me. This is no glorification of the mafioso world it shows the back stabbing, grimy, violent world they inhabit even if it is done beautifully and the ruthlessness they all posses and require to survive. In conclusion this was at first glance not something I thought I would enjoy I assumed it would be all style over substance but as it turns out it was packed with substance and more, frankly one of the best crime dramas to come out in the UK since ‘The Killing’ or ‘The Bridge’ a gripping yet stylish production that is well acted and directed by the Canal+ team giving us in the UK an insight into an unheard of world of Corsican Mafioso so until next time,
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