Marriage is sacred
Despite all the bed switching and the proliferation of extramarital liaisons, Emily in Paris is oddly connected to the idea that the bond between a man and a woman is special. It may well involve a free license to dig around like a Parisian sewer rat, but marriage is sacred. It’s sweet, but when Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) and her beau Laurent (Arnaud Binard), who owns a nightclub in St Tropez, embark on something of a traditional relationship, it’s going to feel a bit like a betrayal .
Working means being … or not being?
In the very first episode of the series, Emily and Luc (Bruno Gouery, one of Tanya’s “gays” in The White Lotus) have an exchange that basically sums up the entire three seasons that follow. “I think the Americans have the wrong balance,” he says to the brightly colored Duracell rabbit who stormed the office. “You live to work, we work to live” It’s a cliché, but like all clichés, there’s something to it. Each can and will learn from the other, but it’s quite difficult not to side with the French in this case.
The rich suffer too
Well, the kids of the extraordinarily rich do anyway. Witness poor Mindy (Ashley Park) estranged from her billionaire father for embarrassing the family on national television in China.
Take poor little Nicolas, her I-had-a-crush-on-your-Swiss-boarding-school-boyfriend, the son of one of France’s richest men, but destined never to make him proud, even if he runs one of his luxury brands. Yes folks, they suffer just like the rest of us. They just do it in fabulous restaurants while wearing designer clothes, with champagne flowing endlessly to numb the pain. Where’s my handkerchief?
Australians cannot be trusted
Look, we’re not quite as bad as them Rosbif English, but Scott Morrison tearing up a $90 billion submarine contract while they’re looking the other way seems to mean we’re a bit in le nez at the moment. When Emily meets up with stylemaker Janine Dubois (Kate Colbrook) to try and get Sylvie into it The lista ranking of the hottest people in Paris, she ends up in it herself, along with hot chef Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), who is only his friend.
As it turns out, Janine is Australian – although the actress who plays her is English and her accent sounds suspiciously South African – which makes Sylvie suspicious and conspiracy. “You’re American, she’s Australian,” she fumes. “You conspired!” Totally awks (or should that be AUKUS)?
The French love cinema
The second season features hilarious riffing on Francois Truffaut’s 1962 film Jules and Jimabout one menage a troisgiving Luc the opportunity to show Emily how much Parisians love cinema.
So what are they all watching at an open air screening at the park this season? A romantic comedy by Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, natural element. “Everyone enjoys watching a story about two people trying to ward off their natural attraction to one another,” Gabriel tells Emily, summing up the odd appeal of this delightfully ridiculous show to millions of people, who really should know better.
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