Osmosis (TV series)

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Osmosis
Title screen for Osmosis.png
Genre
Created byAudrey Fouché
Starring
Composer(s)HiTnRuN
Country of originFrance
Original language(s)French
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Audrey Fouché
Producer(s)
  • Sarah Aknine
  • Aude Albano
  • Claude Chelli
Cinematography
  • Jean-François Hensgens
  • Julien Bureau
Editor(s)Sarah Anderson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time32-48 minutes
Production company(s)CAPA Drama
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Osmosis is a French science fiction web television series created by Audrey Fouché. The first season, consisting of eight episodes, was released on March 29, 2019, on Netflix. The series stars Hugo Becker, Agathe Bonitzer, Stéphane Pitti, Gaël Kamilindi, Suzanne Rault-Balet, Luna Silva, Manoel Dupont and Yuming Hey.

Synopsis[edit]

Set in near-future Paris, the science-fiction drama sees a new dating app called “Osmosis” developed that can decode true love, digging deep into its users’ brain data to find a perfect match with 100% accuracy. But is there a price to pay when letting an algorithm decide whom you will love, using technology that can access the innermost recesses of your mind and your best-kept secrets?[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Hugo Becker as Paul Vanhove
  • Agathe Bonitzer as Esther Vanhove
  • Stéphane Pitti as Lucas Apert
  • Gaël Kamilindi as Gabriel
  • Suzanne Rault-Balet as Swann
  • Luna Silva as Ana Stern
  • Manoel Dupont as Niels Larsen
  • Yuming Hey as Billie Tual

Recurring[edit]

  • Vincent Renaudet as Martin
  • Lena Laprès as Claire Salomon
  • Philypa Phoenix as Joséphine Vanhove[2]
  • Lionel Lingelser as Léopold Goulard
  • Fabien Ducommun as Antoine Fouché
  • Waly Dia as Simon
  • Aurélia Petit as Louise Vanhove
  • Christiane Conil as Cécile Larsen
  • Laure-Lucile Simon as Eloan Spivack
  • Dimitri Storoge as Mathieu Christo
  • Pierre Hancisse as Samuel Kahn
  • Sarah-Jane Sauvegrain as Romy
  • Camille-François Nicol as Tom
  • Jeremy Lewin as Romeo
  • Jimmy Labeeu as Ilyes

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On May 11, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes.[1] The series is created by Audrey Fouché, who is credited as an executive producer. Osmosis is based on an idea from a former project of the same title created by Louis Chiche, William Chiche and Gabriel Chiche and produced by Telfrance and Arte in 2015.[3][4] In February 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on March 29, 2019.[5][6] The series reportedly spent a budget of 8 million euros for the first season, with each episode costing 1 million euros.[7] On April 1, 2019, it was confirmed that Audrey Fouché departed the series as a showrunner after the first season.[8]

Casting[edit]

In August 2018, it was announced that Hugo Becker, Agathe Bonitzer, Stephane Pitti, Gael Kamilindi and Suzanne Rault-Balet had been cast in the series.[9] In February 2019, it was announced that Luna Silva, Manoel Dupont and Yuming Hey were added to the cast.[10]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the first season commenced on June 2018.[11]

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [12]
1"The Test"Julius BergAnne Rambach and Marine RambachMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
2"Soulmate"Julius BergAnne Rambach and Marine RambachMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
3"Troubles"Pierre AknineAnne Rambach and Marine RambachMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
4"Crisis"Pierre AknineAnne Rambach and Marine RambachMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
5"Betrayal"Mona AchacheOlivier FoxMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
6"Separation"Mona AchacheÉric ForestierMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
7"Redemption"Pierre AknineAnne Badel and Aurélie BelkoMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)
8"Rebirth"Pierre AknineAnne Badel, Éric Forestier and Olivier FoxMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)

Release[edit]

On February 28, 2019, the official trailer for the series was released.[13]

Premiere[edit]

On March 24, 2019, the series held its official premiere with the screening of the first two episodes at the Series Mania International Festival in Lille, France.[14][15]

Reception[edit]

The first season received positive reviews upon its release. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 6/10 based on 5 reviews.[16]

Noah Berlatsky from The Verge mentioned in a positive review of the first two episodes of the series, that "Technology in Osmosis doesn’t create a dystopia or a utopia in itself. It’s just a tool, and different people project different dreams and fears onto it, for better and worse" and that this "level of nuance and awareness makes Osmosis start out thoughtful and refreshing."[17] Greg Wheeler from The Review Geek recommended the first season in their review of the series by stating that "Osmosis is a really thrilling sci-fi trip, one asking some big questions around love and relationships while delivering a well written story full of twists and turns along the way."[18]

Devin Townsend from The Breeze complimented the first season in his review by adding that the series is "thought-provoking and edges on the air of irony. It relies on the audience's knowledge of the challenging world of dating and how cynical the human race is becoming with their choice of an “other half”."[19] In a positive review of the series, Jon O'Brien from i-D wrote that, "Osmosis delivers a more optimistic proclamation. Humankind and machines can in fact live in relative harmony, and without the fear of murderous robot dogs, head-exploding video games or hashtag-powered genocides. And should disaster strike, it’s more likely to be us pesky humans to blame."[20]

Emma Stefansky from Thrillist praised the series, stating that "Osmosis joins the ranks of shows like the German time-travel thriller Dark, the Danish zombie eco-pocalypse The Rain, and the South Korean medieval drama Kingdom, creating a subgenre within Netflix of remarkably good foreign-language genre television" and further adding that it "is the kind of show you can just sit and absorb."[21] Laurie Clarke of Techworld gave the series a positive recommendation saying that its "handling of a technologically entwined future is much more subtle than the at-times hamfisted approach of Black Mirror and it breathes some much-needed humanity back into tech-centric fictions."[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (May 11, 2017). "Netflix Falls For 'Osmosis'; Sci-Fi Series Is Service's 2nd French Original". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Osmosis - World Premiere". Series Mania. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Robert (May 11, 2017). "Netflix Commissions Sci-Fi 'Osmosis' as Second French Original Series". Variety. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (April 18, 2018). "Netflix Sets Julian Fellowes-Penned Soccer Drama, German Event Series 'The Wave' & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Osmosis". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  6. ^ "Netflix Originals Coming to Netflix in March 2019". What's On Netflix. February 18, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Grumiaux, Grumiaux (March 28, 2019). "Osmosis: the new French series on Netflix mixes love and technology". Clubic (in French). Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (April 1, 2019). "Netflix Lays Out French Originals Strategy, Including Hookups With Local Industry". Variety. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Beaudonnet, Laure (August 6, 2018). "Osmosis (Netflix): intrigues, casting, release date ... All the information about season 1" (in French). Télé Loisirs. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Tonnage, Ronan (February 5, 2018). "Discover the first images of "Osmosis", the next French series of Netflix" (in French). Le Parisien. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Netflix continues to bring new and diverse stories from Europe, Middle East and Africa to the world". Netflix Media Center. April 18, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Osmosis – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Shah, Saqib (February 28, 2019). "Netflix original 'Osmosis' is a dark take on AI date matching". Engadget. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  14. ^ Hopewell, John (March 25, 2019). "Netflix Feeds Fantasy-Hungry YAs in France". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (March 26, 2019). "Netflix Unveils Four More French Originals, 'Gims,' 'Anelka,' 'Move,' 'Of Earth And Blood'". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "Osmosis: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Berlatsky, Noah (March 26, 2019). "Netflix's Osmosis is like a Black Mirror episode that doesn't hate technology". The Verge. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Wheeler, Greg (March 29, 2019). "Osmosis – Netflix Season 1 Review". The Review Geek. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  19. ^ Townsend, Devin (April 2, 2019). "'Osmosis' explores future of mixing romance and technology". The Breeze. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  20. ^ O'Brien, Jon (April 9, 2019). "'Osmosis' is the dystopian dating drama that's more than just a French 'Black Mirror'". i-D. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  21. ^ Stefansky, Emma (April 17, 2019). "Netflix's 'Osmosis' Is the Sexy, Twisty French Sci-Fi Show You've Always Wanted". Thrillist. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  22. ^ Clarke, Laurie (May 24, 2019). "Culture Crossover: Osmosis review - technology through a human lens". Techworld. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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