I fell in love with Britell’s amazing score in Moonlight and wanted to
make a tribute video to the one and only Elise Wassermann - one of the
two main protagonists in the joint British and French television series
Footage: The Tunnel (2013) Score:The Middle of the World by Nicholas Britell Editing:Cathy Loudi
Someone should make one of those “Why you should watch [TV Show]” slide presentations for The Tunnel...
This show deserves to gather more fans.
It is a crime/drama thriller and it does not fall into the procedural aspect that usually shows with these premise tend to fall in, oh no, this one is a full fleshed out crime story;
It has a great and interesting plot that you don’t even notice how involved you are in it until you take a step back and are like OH SHIT;
There are 2 lead characters, Karl and Elise and you’d think these two would in time become romantically linked because of them both being the male and female lead in a crime show, NOPE! These two are polar opposites of each other and become the weirdest and cutest BFF’s ever and that’s the slow burn of the show, no romantic prospects at all;
In fact Karl is part of an interracial marriage and they have kids, usually we never see interracional relationships long enough to see them with kids, and this show has them and it’s freaking amazing! Also, take it from me, a person who usually finds the male characters pretty uninteresting… Karl is an amazing character!
Elise on the other hand is a neurodivergent character (not confirmed but she seems to have Arperger’s syndrome) OH YEAH, she is also bi/pansexual. Pretty cool, right? And she is the Commander of the French police force, also pretty cool. She is too beautiful and innocent for this world.
It’s a bilingual show since it’s set between England and France;
There is no Hollywood gimic and when I say this I mean that people are portrayed as people instead of super models, especially women;
Elise Wasserman is played by Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacou in Harry Potter) aka one of the most beautiful women on this planet, I mean just look at her…
and you know how easily they could have made her into the sexy detective who is basically there to kick ass alongside the middle aged hero and look good but instead they made Elise the closest to reality as a Detective would look like according to the demands of her job and that is a woman who has bags under eyes because she works herself to exhaustion (I am pretty sure that is the few times where they actually use make up on her), her hair isn’t always perfect, she wears baggy comfortable clothing and she does not wear heels, instead she wears confortable shoes.
As a side note, even with these portrayal of Elise, as a non Hollywood type female lead, and with the actual real portrayal of what women look like on a day to day basis with no designer clothing and make up to the tee’s, Elise is still considered beautiful and sexy therefor normalizing that you don’t need all the make up and fancy clothing to be beautiful. (this isn’t a major thing for the series, it’s just side comments made on the show since Elise is a full fleshed out character and far more intereting than I could ever put into words).
Like I could go one and on and that’s why it needs one of those powerpoint presentation thing because this show it’s freaking amazing and I need more people to watch it and freak out with me!
So, please just watch the show and come thank me after you’re done so we can both fangirl together xp
“Some characters I do very little prep for because it feels like it
would be easier. With Elise [Wassermann], we set very simple principals and traits of
who she is. A very key thing is her relationship to truth; she just
states facts. She has a relationship to truth that is as pure as a kid’s.”