Exclusive Review: The Charisma of ‘Lupin’ is matchless!

A ‘thriller’ in every sense! Something that has made its way through after the epoch detective saga of ‘Sherlock Holmes’. A story about magical heists, familial relations, as well as racial stereotypes, ‘Lupin’ has mustered a vast majority of applause. Yes, the first ever French web series ‘Lupin’ has garnered immense heart warming responses soon after its release on Netflix. The binge watchers of Lupin have unanimously celebrated the charisma of the series once it made its foot in the door.

As far as the plot analysis is concerned, it narrates the unexpected turns of human life with respect to the tale of a father-son. Inspired by Maurice Leblanc’s gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin, the show follows the adventures of Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a master of disguise and all manner of civilized criminal behavior, as he tries to clear his father’s name.

Assane and his father, Babakar (Fargass Assandé), move to Paris from Senegal looking for a better life. Babakar gets work as a chauffeur with the wealthy Pellegrini family. The head of the family, Hubert (Hervé Pierre), is autocratic and brusque, his wife, Anne (Nicole Garcia), is kinder and his daughter, Juliette (Clotilde Hesme), shows a teasing interest in the 14-year-old Assane (Mamadou Haidara).

When a fabulous necklace that once adorned the doomed queen, Marie Antoinette, and now belonging to the Pellegrini family goes missing, Babakar is suspected. Even without hard evidence, Babakar is put in prison where he hangs himself and Assane is orphaned.

Lupin: An iconoclastic saga of ‘Binary’ demolition!

Twenty-five years later, the queen’s necklace comes up for auction at the Louvre and who should be in on the proceedings but Assane? The necklace is stolen and the police are running in circles trying to find the thief who apparently spirited away the necklace under the highest security.

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The show comprising of five episodes in total, is structured in an epistolary cum story telling fashion where Babakar, the father unveils the mystery of Lupin to his son through a story book. We also spend time with Assane’s growing up, how he was sent to a good school by a mysterious benefactor and Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) befriends him when all the other posh students try to put him down. A perfect portrayal of race-class stereotypes indeed.

As a whole, the show is an advisably perfect watch for all the audience out there from variegated strata. With its exhaustively nail biting criticism of racial stereotypes and solid substance of frothy crime-caper energy ‘Lupin’ on Netflix indeed gainsays the binary tendencies of the society, leaving them tight lipped!

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