Osmosis (TV series)
|Created by||Audrey Fouché|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||32-48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||CAPA Drama|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||March 29, 2019 –|
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.
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?
Cast and characters
- 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
- Vincent Renaudet as Martin
- Lena Laprès as Claire Salomon
- Philypa Phoenix as Joséphine Vanhove
- 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
On May 11, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. 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. In February 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on March 29, 2019. The series reportedly spent a budget of 8 million euros for the first season, with each episode costing 1 million euros. On April 1, 2019, it was confirmed that Audrey Fouché departed the series as a showrunner after the first season.
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. In February 2019, it was announced that Luna Silva, Manoel Dupont and Yuming Hey were added to the cast.
Principal photography for the first season commenced on June 2018.
Season 1 (2019)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"The Test"||Julius Berg||Anne Rambach and Marine Rambach||March 29, 2019|
|2||"Soulmate"||Julius Berg||Anne Rambach and Marine Rambach||March 29, 2019|
|3||"Troubles"||Pierre Aknine||Anne Rambach and Marine Rambach||March 29, 2019|
|4||"Crisis"||Pierre Aknine||Anne Rambach and Marine Rambach||March 29, 2019|
|5||"Betrayal"||Mona Achache||Olivier Fox||March 29, 2019|
|6||"Separation"||Mona Achache||Éric Forestier||March 29, 2019|
|7||"Redemption"||Pierre Aknine||Anne Badel and Aurélie Belko||March 29, 2019|
|8||"Rebirth"||Pierre Aknine||Anne Badel, Éric Forestier and Olivier Fox||March 29, 2019|
On February 28, 2019, the official trailer for the series was released.
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." 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."
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”." 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."
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." 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."
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