I love a good mystery and I’m always looking for good resources to keep my French up to snuff, so I happily added Le Chalet , which originally aired on French TV, to my Netflix queue. It did not disappoint.
The gist of this suspenseful six-episode show is that a group of long-separated friends have gathered in a remote Alpine town to celebrate the marriage of one of the old gang. Along for the ride are an assortment of boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses, and even a small child. But all is not well. First, a series of “accidents” cut them off from the rest of the world. Then, one by one, friends keep getting killed to settle a twenty year-old grudge.It’s a classic Agatha Christie-type scenario, but I jumped out of my skin half-a-dozen times, so it certainly kept me guessing. My least favorite episode was the final one, however, as I found the wrap-up to be a bit weak. Still, I’ve recommended it my students, using the child singing the creepy opening song to lure them in, just as each victim was lured to his or her demise.
I watched it with French audio and subtitles, but English subtitles are available, too. I’m certainly not the only fan; viewers are clamoring for a second season. Hope you enjoy it!