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Absent from television for three nanoseconds, the Kardashian family returns to Disney+ on Thursday with even more tuning, more “contours,” and more beige clothes that cost the price of a tiny house in Villeray.

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The Kardashiansattached to the locomotive of the 20 squadrons Keeping up with the Kardashians, will not destabilize the fans of these rich and retouched women of the first hour. They still stir salads in plastic containers, use loudspeaker phones, drive “pimped” Mercedes trucks and wear sunglasses the size of a porch at the Biodome.

The first episode looks like a nervous trailer from Sell ​​sunset with a drone tour of the massive cabins of the five Kardashian sisters who live in the suburbs of Calabasas, the Hollywood stars’ fortress town northwest of Los Angeles. Just for that real estate porn, it’s nice to snoop around in these airplane hangar houses that house closets bigger than Bell Center.

In The Kadarshians, with a super polished visual bill, sisters Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie curl their extensions less and no longer struggle with 3000 bullet handbags. Her many children, who are called North, Psalm, Saint, True or Stormi, are more likely to appear in front of the camera. Hence the title of the documentary reality The Kardashianswith a British accent, as if it were a royal family – which, let’s face it, they make up in the current star system.


Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker

Another big difference from the previous series: Kourtney Kardashian, the oldest and most annoying of the group, is bathing in love soup with her fiancé Travis Barker, the tattooed drummer of the group Blink-182. They kiss and caress like two hormonal teenagers, which becomes difficult in the eyes of Khloé, who has enough claws to brutally torment her sister.

The show’s big star remains Kim Kardashian, who is in the process of divorcing rapper Kanye West. Kanye’s name appears in the two episodes I watched, but the Chicago artist never appears on screen.

Cameras follow billionaire Kim Kardashian for a long time as she prepares to host the show Saturday night live. She even goes to Amy Schumer’s to test out very squeaky gags about her. The behind-the-scenes access to showbiz offered by this documentary series always leads to fascinating moments.

What is missing in it The Kardashians ? humor, fun. My favorite Khloé has always been fun, funny and gritty. Less now. She’s seen behind the scenes on James Corden’s talk show, anxious and unhealthily involved with trolls. Bring back our drooling and living well Khloé!

At the helm of a cosmetics empire, the youngest Kylie Jenner is keeping a low profile, as is model Kendall Jenner, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 when filming began.

With The KardashiansPulling all the golden threads, her bear mom Kris Jenner pulls out all the stops to coat her daughters with a veneer of respectability. Result : The Kardashians turns out to be sparkling and shimmering self-promotion. But the whole thing lacks naturalness in many aspects, shall we say.

Don’t get lost in translation

It was the first time I saw such a benevolent and helpful warning. In the first seconds of the great South Korean series pachinko from Apple TV+, a panel explains how to properly enable subtitles.

Because in order to see and capture this magnificent historical fresco, you need to read a lot of dialogues on the screen. Very much. This ambitious miniseries was filmed in three languages: Korean, Japanese and English. And full dubbing in French would have erased all specificity and musicality from pachinko.

So the subtitles. Yellow for Korean, blue for Japanese. It takes a whole episode to get used to this all-important language mechanism. Because the language is anchored at the heart of the identity and torments the many characters pachinkobased on a novel by Korean-American writer Min Jin Lee.


scene of pachinko

Really, if you love plenty of sagas of this kind A wonderful friend by Elena Ferrante is a must-see pachinkoa stirring work Root, who tells about four generations of the Japanese exile of a South Korean family. That’s wonderful.

The history of pachinko begins in 1915 in a slum of Busan, South Korea, and transitions to affluent Tokyo of 1989, where skyscrapers grow on ancestral land. Part of the action also takes place in New York, where one of the protagonists is doing business in a bank on Wall Street.

The story centers on Sunja, an illiterate woman living in Japanese-occupied Korea. For a reason that would give away her delight, Sunja banishes herself to Japan, where Korean immigrants experience much racism. For eight hour-long episodes spanning a century, pachinko follows Sunja, his son, who runs a pachinko parlor in Osaka, and his grandson from Tokyo, who attended the biggest American universities. For your information, the pachinko is a video lottery device halfway between the traditional slot machine and the “pinball” game.

Of course there is a very melodic aspect pachinko : tearful music, impossible loves, misery, violence against the poor. In turn, the series digs deep furrows in the characters’ search for identity, torn between their country of origin and their hostile host country.

Apple TV+ features the first five episodes of pachinko from a total of eight. Finely sewn TV.

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