I’m always looking for ways to practice French between visits to Paris. I found a Netflix series, originally broadcast in France, called Dix pour cent, referred to as Call My Agent! in English. The story revolves around a Parisian talent agency that is trying to stay afloat after the sudden death of the senior agent. The title refers to the fact that agents typically receive ten per cent of their clients’ earnings.
There is a returning cast of characters with the same type of personal and professional issues that we all can relate to, plus a cluster of more unusual problems that make for an entertaining show. In addition, each episode features at least one French star playing him or herself and appearing as clients of the agency. Some of the big names who appear include Cécile de France, Nathalie Baye, and Juliette Binoche. They look like they’re having fun.
There are subtitles in several languages, if you want a backup to the audio. French shows don’t shy away from exploring topics that might be considered too naughty for North American TV, so if that would offend you, consider selecting another show. So far, there are two seasons, but a third is about to be released on French TV. Hopefully, it won’t be long until it is available on Netflix.