Le Bazar de la Charité

D678F449-7670-459C-A28D-7339CDEDDC3CNetflix has done it again. Here’s another excellent French series to dive into: Le Bazar de la Charité, which is rather loosely translated as The Bonfire of Destiny. It’s Belle Époque Paris, right at the end of the 19th century, and the wealthy men and ladies flock to a charity bazar. When a devastating fire breaks out, it shows some the truth about who they are and while others discover the truth about their friends and loved ones. The series is based on the real story of an 1897 fire that claimed 126 lives, many of them aristocratic women.

245F5498-343A-48A9-804D-EDE716E0CA83The main story centers on actrice Audrey Fleurot’s character. She’s been excellent in so many of my favorite French shows and movies, like
Engrenages (Spiral) and Un village français. One of the recurrent themes is the stifling constraints that limit the lives of women, so the series is more than just an engaging tale with beautiful settings and costumes. Paris looks lovely, too. There are lots of scenes with Notre Dame in the background looking the way we hope to see it again some day soon. And parc Monceau, one of the loveliest in Paris, is also featured. Subtitles and dubbing are available in several languages. I hope you get as caught up in it as I did. 

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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