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Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:59:31 PM »
I got this off a French website and ran it through Google Translate, then I kicked the translation around to get it into better English, except for one sentence which I just can't quite understand. It's worth a quick look at the original though, because there are pictures.
http://tetu.com/nu-nouvelle-serie-francaise-met-monde-a-poil-video-ocs-capa

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"Nu" ("Naked"), the new French series where everyone is naked.

CAPA has already produced the Braquo or Versailles series, but a completely different costume budget has been allocated to Nu, coming on OCS. A police series, certainly, but also comic and political. And especially a series about futurism (or horror depending on your degree of modesty) that imagines a post-terrorist world in which everyone is obliged to be naked. Its creator, Olivier Fox, a veteran director of "classic" crime series, proposed the project to CAPA, then OCS, a year ago. The filming was completed in October 2017. He told TETU where he got such a plan:

"I had an idea during the period of terrorist attacks in France and our attempts to achieve a feeling of "total security", and I told myself that the only way to check what people were carrying would be that everyone is naked!"

So he imagined the story of a cop who falls into a coma then wakes up in 2026 and discovers that in order to fight against the feeling of insecurity, European governments (with the exception of the English, as Brexit let them avoid it) took a drastic step: the Naked Law. It forces citizens to be naked in public, to ensure complete transparency: no more hidden weapons, explosives, secrets, no more social barriers. For the past 4 years, everyone has been lighter in theory under the banner of "Freedom, Equality, Nudity ...". A paranoid imposition that paradoxically makes people very happy.

Franck, the cop transported in time, will resume service and have to conduct - naked - an investigation around the death of one of the designers of this law of transparency, found dressed in the forest. Franck will then discover that behind the diktat of openness, many lies still hide. We are in a classic crime series, but naked and funny.

One immediately thinks of Ryad Satouf's cinematographic dystopia, Jacky in the Realm of Girls, in which men were subject to the matriarchal power of a society opposite to ours. A reversal of codes so anchored inside us that we can hardly imagine it.

"It will be more like a good big episode of the English series "Black Mirror", in 10 episodes of 26 minutes, says Olivier Fox, libertarian inspired as in the movies of the Larrieu brothers , or even Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake" or the film "More" by Schroeder ... "

Naked, yes, all the time, but not about sex (unlike the "Porn" series where sex is the subject, for example)! The goal was to "totally desexualize nudity, the law forbids erections in public for example, like judgments on bodies ... Planning this, I did not want to bring eroticization of the body. No voyeurism. We are like a naturist camp, but not libertine like in Cap D'Agde."

This is what seduced and certainly didn't discourage Satya Dusaugey, the main character (the cop):

"Yes it's naked, unambiguous, but the goal is not to show genitals, that wouldn't last 5 minutes. There is a real scenario, a real story. The director takes this nudity for granted, we hide nothing with flowerpots, but he made tight shots, wide shots, as in a normal movie, with the same techniques as for any film!"

Are some scenes more difficult to shoot?

"Once you get started, you don't think about it. Of course, when you see your colleagues coming, you have two minutes and then you get to work. In the end, I didn't think I was showing myself naked all the time, I found myself beautifully dressed. Genitals in themselves, outside the context, are not very pretty, neither man nor woman. It loses its mystery when it's out in the open."

No false body parts, therefore, in silicones; all bodies will be true in Nu. But behind this, lies, unspoken words: "It's a delirium we all have had, very motivating, to play a hermetic character to this universe and that will end up there, criticizing the society where we seek all the truth, discover that behind the nakedness there is always a lot of corruption " [That last sentence is exactly what Google Translate came up with.]

Making nudity normal is the subject at the center of the film but not the story. It is above all a reflection on exposing oneself, telling the truth, about the power and the meaning one gives to the body and to our liberties. And for Satya Dusaugey, an analysis of our present:

"We are supposedly free with certain laws but we can say much less than before ... sometimes rightly, sometimes accusations fall on you. Do we face a certain loss of freedom? With social networks, information channels, we are in search of controversy, not reflection."

A series much less light than it seems, then ....

"Nu", directed and written by Olivier Fox, co-written with Olivier Duplat and Judith Godinot. Produced by Arnaud Figaret / CAPA Drama. Currently in post-production. Spring 2018 broadcast on OCS.
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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 04:03:07 AM »
Not likely yo be seen in this country with translation unless cable pixalation. Maybe the internet will do it. This would be fun.

They are not showing genitals, I think. What a fascinating creative logistics problem to hide those. Dang guy said that they were "ugly anyway". May he speak for himself...schmuck. A step in the correct direction, me thinks.
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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 05:30:18 AM »
My reading of this is that the show was filmed straight, as a representation of a world where people don't wear clothes. The normally forbidden parts are allowed to show, neither emphasized nor concealed. If I've got that right, it's an excellent demonstration that people can be nude without it automatically being a sexual situation, or a cause of embarrassment.

I don't know what all these naked people do when winter comes! That could be a little uncomfortable--it's a good thing the Brits aren't participating.

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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2017, 02:12:53 AM »
I lived in Paris 2 1/2 years. It rains something like 300 days a year. A fur lined raincoat is pretty good sense most of it. Yup, it don't snow, but it surely ain't warm enough to stay naked.
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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2017, 03:02:30 PM »
Any hope that you can get the sense of "C’est un délire qu’on a tous déjà eu, très motivant, de jouer un personnage hermétique à cet univers et qui va se retrouver là, critique de la société où on cherche tous la vérité, découvrir que derrière la nudité il y a toujours beaucoup de corruption"?

My high-school French wasn't up to it, and Google Translate didn't make it coherent either.

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2017, 01:16:02 AM »
The last time that I tried speaking French was 1985 in the nude the beach bar/restaurant on St, Martin. I was plenty high on greenies,completely naked, standing up. I had something cleaver to say to two gendarmes, who were just making a regular patrol stop at  the restaurant. I had had so much Spanish hanging out in South America and hadn’t spoken French since probably high school. Each time I started a sentence in French, it generally ended in Spanish. Romance, Latin in base, extra fused and muddled. The way that they looked at me, I wondered if they might take me in thinking that I was intoxicated by more than the beer. It just kept coming out as bilingual babble, or incoherent slobber. My charming naked new bride (honeymoon) took me by the arm, away from my new French “buddies” sensing that I may choke on the foot in my mouth.

Google states:
““It's a delirium that we all have had, very motivating, to play a hermetic character in this universe and who will end up there, a critic of the society where we all seek the truth, to discover that behind the nudity there is still a lot of corruption "?”

The character is a time traveler, a cop, who finds himself in this nudist future alternate universe of 2025, if I got that correct. Perhaps he is a sealed up, uptight, with blinders, a hermetic personality.

He would be a critic of society. Such a sweeping social change would have to be considered altruistic and good, to strip away the layers of social games caused by clothing. He gets into a crime scene, a malicious attack on one of the powerful that finagled the new laws, a nudist. For some reason, the victim is dressed for his murder. There is something afoot that may be about a corruption, a lie, maybe the dead is a closet textile, or something that we don’t know.  So the cop finds a lot of corruption.

Social nudity is associated with the Romance Period originating in France. To be nude is believed to be more open, honest, yourself and less draped in the sociao-cultural context and closer to nature. Perhaps this was a selling point to make the law stick and not just fear for its basis. Perhaps the show will show the naked truth that when the clothing comes off, the inner nastiness of mankind doesn’t just dissolve completely.

Okay, there you go, my speculation. I took a stab. Anybody else have fact or theory?

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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2017, 07:20:28 AM »
To be nude may well be seen as being more honest, open & revealing to us naturists but it isn't just 'potential' naturists that we need to bring around to accepting social nudity. Society as a whole in the UK and probably the USA just see being naked as either a reason to have sexual activity, (legal or otherwise) or as something lewd, disgusting, harmful to children's moral welfare or just plain filth!
We may set ourselves goals or idealistic ambitions to change the way 'society' perceives social nudity, but we have to be realistic and to see and understand the big obstacles the massive barriers already set firmly en route.
I consider myself truly lucky to have  been born to very open and caring 'nudist' parents, our family lived in very open and loving  way, we had very many traditional 'Yorkshire Grit' values & loyalties to our local neighbourhood & the wider society, but we also realised and accepted that we would, as a nudism family, be treated differently even 'suspiciously' by many areas of society. In all of the 66 years since my birth I will agree that there has been a massive change in the way nudist people are seen or 'regarded' but there are still many million millions of true 'textiles' out there who represent a pretty solid barrier to  acceptable social nudist freedom. My wife & I live (along with our family) as naturists for as many hours each day as we can, people know when coming into our house that they will see family nakedness, that is just the way it is. When any family anywhere in the world can live that way without any obstructions or interruptions, then we could be just a few more steps towards true social naturism.

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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2017, 11:17:28 AM »
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““It's a delirium that we all have had, very motivating, to play a hermetic character in this universe and who will end up there, a critic of the society where we all seek the truth, to discover that behind the nudity there is still a lot of corruption "?”

We have all had the notion to stand outside of society, self-contained, to examine that society and find, behind the supposed openness, that there is still a lot of corruption.

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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2017, 03:59:07 AM »
I think you've pretty much got it, Pjcomp--you've created a sentence that includes the concepts in a way that makes sense! But I don't think it's coherent as French to start with, or as English in the translation.

And Patrick, I wouldn't entirely go along with your idea of what people think about nudity. I think a lot of people would recognize that nudity isn't necessarily a sexual display, but they still might say that seeing someone naked makes them uncomfortable because it's assuming too much intimacy. And in a a way, maybe the TV series is saying that's not true, or at least not relevant, because there may be different kinds of openness which don't always go together. So we can see someone's body, but that doesn't give us access to their mind.

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Re: Coming to your screen (if you're French)
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2017, 08:00:57 AM »
Ditto on the John P. The available statistics don't bear that illusion out either, by far.
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