The new Netfilx series ‘Emily in Paris’ showcasing Paris through the eyes of a young American girl working at a luxury marketing firm is creating quite an uproar on the internet. Steeped in stereotypes, the show with its flirtatious French men, women smoking outside the gym or at lunch, berets, baguettes, and glitzy glimpses of Paris have irked French critics. Parts of the show are also unrealistic with the protagonist (Emily played by Lily Collins) bagging the job in Paris because her boss is pregnant, bumping into a hot neighbour in her building, rapidly turning into an influencer with rather ringarde social media posts, and sauntering around Paris in glamorous outfits. How I wish we all had neighbours as hot as Gabriel. And that our social media following sky-rocketed after an Eiffel Tower post. Despite the clichés though, this 10-episode Netflix series is worth a binge-watch. Here’s why:
You can armchair travel to Paris
I believe Paris is a city where all the clichés are also magical. And perhaps this is true for every non-Parisian traveller visiting the city. So, if Emily is confined only to the wealthy arrondisements, there is no reason to complain. This is the perfect way to be whisked away to the ‘City of Lights’ from the comfort of our homes. Be it basking in the serenity of Jardin du Palais Royale, savouring a meal at Café de Flore, enjoying a coffee at La Maison Rose, walking down Champs-Élysées, or ogling at the Eiffel every time it pops up on the screen. Yes, it is true that it only depicts one side of Paris, but this is what the show chooses to focus on. So, let’s look at the silver lining and vicariously enjoy all things quintessentially Paris.
It might pique your interest to learn French
As Emily tries to wrap her head around French pronunciations, vocabulary, and grammar; you too learn along the way. My husband was intrigued by the masculine and feminine associations- why is it ‘une bonne journée’ (a good day) and not ‘un bonne journée’ or le vagin (the vagina) instead of la vagin. And why ‘la petite morte’ (the little death) is used to describe an orgasm. We also tried our hands at the guttural ‘R’ and accurately pronounce ‘De L’heure’ (a French perfume brand) which was amusing. The series might stir up some curiosity for the language for you too; now wouldn’t that be nice?
It’s full of hope, cheer, and optimism
Amid the pandemic and the morbid news around us, ‘Emily in Paris’ is quite refreshing and breezy. Even though it’s over the top, exaggerated and predictable, you can’t help but switch off from reality and feel happy for Emily every time she overcomes a challenge thrown at her or when she drives off in a vintage car to a chateau in Champagne or when she encounters a new romantic interest. It’s all rather fairy-talish but sometimes you need that dose of fantasy and fiction, don’t you think?
So, snuggle up in your favourite chair and enjoy the amalgam of wine, croissants, fashion, and romance in the Paris we all dream about and love.
Emily in Paris is currently streaming on Netflix