Can a man and a woman be friends, live together and be a family without falling in love? These are the questions asked platonic, series created and produced by Elie Girard and Camille Rosset, selected at CanneSeries and available this Wednesday at OCS. The series follows Yann (Maxence Tual) and Elsa (Camille Rutherford), two friends who decide to leave their respective spouses to settle in a roommate. The even weeks the duo appreciates rediscovered celibacy, the odd weeks come their children … But can we succeed in starting a family with friends?
Yann, a 42-year-old botanist at the Bordeaux Botanical Gardens, settled down young with his first girlfriend, Karen. But their daughter Mila has been the only glue in their couple for a while now. The Quadra regularly complains to her best friend, Elsa, a 36-year-old Bordeaux photographer and mother of a little boy she had with Maxime, another one-night stand that was finally integrated into her life. . The starting point for ” platonic was born to watch another series, ”says the series’ co-creator Elie Girard, that 20 minutes met during the Riviera Festival.
A scene “where a friend went to see one of her friends and said to her, ‘You have to leave your girlfriend.’ We wondered, “Do we have the right to say that? To what extent can we intervene in the other’s life? Is it legitimate, or are we damaging the friendship? “” He sums up. Elsa and Yann are unhappy as a couple and decide to leave their respective spouses and both move into a roommate after a conversation.
The representation of a new family form
“The idea was to treat a story about friendship as one would treat a love story. Friendship is a form of love, so we flirt with the genre of romantic comedy and wonder if these two people, best friends, a heterosexual man and woman who “comes out so well that they will raise their children together, will stop by friendship or not? What is friendship? Is it enough or not? We would question all this,” continues Camille Rosset, co-creator of the series.
platonic explores a fairly new configuration in French fiction, namely two adults, separated or divorced, friends who decide to have a family when they are not in a relationship. Yann and Elsa’s children do not know each other. “We built our season around joint custody: one episode out of two who are the kids, one episode out of two, they are not there to show these two parents’ schizophrenia,” says Camille Rosset. There is something quite classic about joint custody and how these two children find themselves as half-brother and half-sister by marriage … Except that their parents are not together. So it creates confusion for them. »
The deconstruction of clichés around gender
Together with Elsa and Yann, the two authors question norms and “crash-test another model of life”. By divorcing his wife, the father-hen Yann will finally get out of his comfort zone and will understand that he has missed a lot of things: “Yann is a man who has not yet had an orgasm that is not safe in his sexuality, ”says Elie Girard.
For her part, Elsa does not have the maternal instinct and prefers to entrust her child to her roommate instead of taking care of it. “Elsa behaves like a father old-fashionedthat is, as someone who does not know exactly how to weave a relationship with his offspring, his son in this case, ”he emphasizes.
“There was a real desire to take motherhood out of the codes of representation imposed on both men and women, so does a less virile man and a woman who has difficulty with her motherhood who is not necessarily a good mother. It was important for us to explore it, ”explains Camille Rosset. And to explain: “Elsa is very admiring of her father, a photographer like her, except that he is an amazing war photographer. She wants to look like him, but she’s a woman, and that’s another time. Maybe it’s finally time for Elsa to kill her father, to find her place as a mother?
“We were interested in taking these two pictures and flipping them to see what caused it. They are good narrative engines, and so it allows us to instill reflections on the themes that interest us: sexuality, gender, family. , “Adds Elie Girard. For in addition to the romantic comedy and the question:” Should Yann and Elsa not succeed in ending up together? “, platonic suggests without judging other representations of gender, masculinity, motherhood, sexuality, and family. A fairly new approach in French fiction that nevertheless corresponds to a sociological reality. “There are a lot of configurations that fiction has to address: Forming a family with three parents, forming a family in gay-parent couples … It is already very present in our society, and fiction does not explore this very much”, ends Elie Girard ..