After the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2022, and after the television broadcast on HBO, the TV miniseries ‘Irma Vep’ arrives in Italy bringing with it enthusiastic reviews, especially thanks to the interpretation of Alicia Vikander and the direction of Olivier Assayas. The debut is set on Sky and NOW for Wednesday 3 August.
IRMA VEP, THE MINISERIES
The French director and screenwriter Olivier Assayas he already has a film called ‘Irma Vep’ to his credit: it was released in 1996, starring Maggie Cheung. It tells the story of a director who attempts to shoot the remake of a classic of silent cinema, the serial ‘Les Vampires’ (1915-1916), which centers on a gang of criminals and their femme fatale Irma Vep.
The miniseries brings a similar story back to the stage, revisiting and updating some main themes. The plot revolves around Mira Harberg: an American movie star, loved by the public, but often hired for films that do not satisfy her. The opportunity to do something to be proud of comes thanks to cinephile director René Vidal, who entrusts them the lead role in the remake of ‘Les Vampires’ . During the filming “the distinctions between her and the character she plays begin to blur and merge, changing her life” (the quote comes from the official synopsis).
Two words about the cast: Mira Harberg has the face of Alicia Vikander , who won an Oscar for ‘The Danish Girl’ and also has films like ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Tomb Raider’ on his resume. Director René Vidal is Vincent Macaigne , five times nominated for French Oscars and highly regarded in ‘Chien’, ‘Agnus Dei’ and ‘The Night Doctor’. Next to them stand out among others Adria Arjona (‘6 Underground’), Byron Bowers (‘No Sudden Move’), Jeanne Balibar (‘Cold War’), Vincent Lacoste (‘Lost Illusions’), Nora Hamzawi (‘ The game of couples’) and Hippolyte Girardot (‘The French Dispatch’). In the eighth episode it also appears Kristen Stewart .
REVIEWS AND HOW TO WATCH THE TV MINISERIES
The average rating on Metacritic is a remarkable 84/100 and this number indicates an enthusiastic general appreciation. The only warning for potential viewers is that we are talking about a highly refined miniseries, with cinephile elements: there are times when this makes viewing potentially more tiring. But when everything goes right, and it happens often, then it’s a great sight.
‘Irma Vep’ is made up of eight episodes, each lasting 60 minutes and not recommended for anyone under the age of twelve. The first two arrive on Sky Atlantic starting at 9.15 pm on August 3, while the following are scheduled weekly, every Wednesday, two at a time. The appointment with the last episode is therefore for August 24th. It is also possible to see them in streaming, by searching for them on demand on NOW.