Is friendship the solution to the couple crisis?

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 on 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. Even weeks, the duo appreciates newfound celibacy, odd weeks, their children arrive … But can we form a family with friends?

Yann, a 42-year-old botanist from the Bordeaux Botanical Garden, settled down young with his first girlfriend, Karen. But their daughter Mila has long been the only glue of their couple. The team regularly complains to her best friend, Elsa, a 36-year-old Bordeaux photographer and mother of a child she had with Maxime, yet another one-night stand that has finally taken root in her life. . The starting point of ” Platonic was born watching another series, ”says series co-creator Elie Girard, who 20 minutes met during the Riviera festival.

A scene “in which a friend went to visit one of her friends and told her: ‘You have to leave your boyfriend’. We asked ourselves: “Do we have the right to say it? To what extent can we intervene in the life of the other? Is it legitimate or are we damaging the friendship? ” “, She summarizes. Unhappy as a couple, Elsa and Yann decide to leave their respective spouses and both move into a roommate after a conversation.

The representation of a new family pattern

“The idea was to treat a friendship story as you would a love story. Friendship is a form of love, so we flirt with the romantic comedy genre, wondering if these two people, best friends, a straight man and woman, who get along so well that they raise their children, together, do. Will they stop friendship or not? What is friendship? Is that enough or not? We wanted to question all of this, ”continues Camille Rosset, co-creator of the series.

Platonic explores a fairly new configuration in French fiction, that of 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, there are children, one episode out of two, they’re not there to show these two parents’ schizophrenia,” says Camille Rosset. There is something quite classic about joint custody and the way these two children find themselves half-brother and half-sister by marriage … Only their parents are not together. So it creates confusion for them. “

The deconstruction of clichés around the genre

With Elsa and Yann, the two authors question the norms and “test another model of life”. By separating from his wife, the hen dad Yann will finally get out of his comfort zone and will realize that he has missed many things: “Yann is a man who has not yet had an orgasm, who is not comfortable in his sexuality,” he says. Elie Girard.

For her part, Elsa has no maternal instinct and prefers to entrust her child to her roommate rather than take care of him. “Elsa acts like a father old schoolthat is to say as someone who does not know exactly how to weave a relationship with his offspring, in this case his son, ”he points out.

“There was a real desire to remove motherhood from the codes of representation that are imposed on both men and women, thus making a man less virile 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 really admires her father, a photographer like her, except that he is a great war photographer. She would like to look like him but she is a woman and it is another time. Maybe. Is it finally time for Elsa to kill her father, to find her place as a mother?

“We were interested in taking these two takes and reversing them to see what they caused. These are good narrative engines and then, this allows us to instill reflections on the issues that interest us: sexuality, gender, family ”, adds Elie Girard. Why, beyond the romantic comedy and the question: “Will Yann and Elsa manage not to end up together?”, Platonic proposes, without judging, other representations of gender, masculinity, motherhood, sexuality and family. A fairly new approach in French fiction which nevertheless corresponds to a sociological reality. “There are many configurations that fiction will have to face: forming a family with three parents, forming a family in same-parent pairs … It is already very present in our society and the narrative does not explore it very much,” concludes Elie Girard …

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