Baron Noir

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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.8  (1,630)

Baron Noir is a French political thriller that premiered in 2016 on Canal+. It centers on the character of Philippe Rickwaert, played by Kad Merad, who is a brilliant French politician who finds himself betrayed and shunned by those he considered his closest allies. As the show progresses, he's filled with anger and revenge, which initiates a political and personal maneuvering that is both entertaining and intense.

The show follows the story of Philippe Rickwaert, a successful and cunning regional politician popularly known as the "Baron Noir" or the Black Baron. He is a master of behind-the-scenes negotiations and a skilled manipulator who uses any means necessary to achieve his objectives. However, his bright political career comes to an end when he is betrayed by his close ally, Francis Laugier, played by Niels Arestrup. This betrayal leads to Rickwaert's sentencing to jail.

During his time in jail, Rickwaert spends his days plotting revenge, and he finally takes advantage of events outside prison to take on his adversaries. His main opponents in the show are French President Claude Massé, who is played by Bernard Le Coq, and Laugier, who was once a close friend and political aide to Rickwaert. Rickwaert's political rivalry with Massé dates back to when he was a mayoral candidate in his hometown of Dunkirk. It is during this campaign that Rickwaert encounters Amélie Dorendeu, played by Anna Mouglalis, who is a journalist and his love interest in the show.

Rickwaert's journey to seek revenge against his enemies is a complex and intricate one. The show provides an insight into the French political system, revealing the various power struggles that politicians go through behind the scenes. The strategic and manipulative tactics used by Rickwaert keep the viewers engaged and in constant suspense. The show's storyline oscillates from Rickwaert's personal life to deal-making in the political arena, making for an exciting watch. As the plot progresses, the stakes get higher, and the show's political plot thickens.

One of the show's strong points is the outstanding performances by the cast, especially Kad Merad's portrayal of Philippe Rickwaert. Merad brings Rickwaert to life, creating a fully-rounded and dynamic character with a sense of cunning humor. Niels Arestrup's portrayal of Francis Laugier is also eponymous of the power-hungry aide sharp enough to double-cross his close allies. The other cast members, including Bernard Le Coq and Anna Mouglalis, give commendable performances.

Baron Noir's direction and pacing are on point, making it a well-crafted show that captures and holds the viewer's interest. The well-played dialogues between characters especially the tense conversations over the phone between Rickwaert and his adversaries are highlights of the show. The camera work and screenplay of the show are top-notch, giving a highly-polished feel to Baron Noir's overall production.

In conclusion, Baron Noir is a top-quality French political thriller that'd have you hooked from the first episode. Its intriguing plot, well-written dialogues, and accurate depictions of the political system make it a must-watch. With Kad Merad's excellent acting and the talented ensemble cast, the show keeps you guessing at every turn. Baron Noir should be near the top of anyone's thriller list.

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8. Ahou!
February 11, 2020
The first-ever cancellation of the presidential election creates an opening for Philippe to run. Facing an opposing candidate who challenges representative democracy, Philippe becomes its last bastion.
7. Bruder
February 11, 2020
Although Philippe has given up the presidential election, he has not yet surrendered and expects to be appointed Prime Minister by Amelie, but his entourage is worried about his mental health. On the other side of the Rhine, a political storm brews.
6. Yes
February 11, 2020
After the violence in the polling stations, Philippe is on the road to convince people that he can rally. If Amelie has given up running for reelection, Philippe is determined to unite the left, but Vidal does not want to give in to blackmail.
5. Dastardly
February 11, 2020
Voting yes to Amelie's referendum becomes a debacle and threatens to bury Philippe's political ambitions. But when a pro-abstention supporter blurs the campaign, Philippe starts believing again, even if it means playing with fire.
Stock Taking
4. Stock Taking
February 11, 2020
Amelie surprises everyone by announcing a referendum to modernize the institutions of the Fifth Republic, which divides Vidal and Philippe. When Vidal is forced to accept Philippe's vote, he challenges him to an oral debate.
February 11, 2020
During a trip to Spain, Vidal tries to secure Philippe's loyalty and make him renounce his Elysian ambitions. As revelations about Amelie's personal life thwarts her plans, she announces a surprise referendum that shakes Philippe's alliance.
2. Diaspora
February 11, 2020
With the Socialist Party in shambles, Philippe joins Michel Vidal's "The People Stand Up. As the regional election approaches, Philippe sees it as a golden opportunity to pull some strings, but Vidal is not fooled by his double game.
The Check Up
1. The Check Up
February 11, 2020
Philippe Rickwaert celebrates the end of his ineligibility with an ambitious plan: bring the Socialist Party back from its ashes by running for president against President Amelie Dorendeu, Vidal's "left-wing populism," and the far right of Chalon.
  • Premiere Date
    October 5, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (1,630)