A shark in Paris in “Sous la Seine”: the latest Netflix blockbuster available a few days before the Olympics

A shark in Paris in “Sous la Seine”: the latest Netflix blockbuster available a few days before the Olympics
A shark in Paris in “Sous la Seine”: the latest Netflix blockbuster available a few days before the Olympics

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Thibault Nadal

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May 25, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

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Had the screenwriters and directors envisaged such a parallel between fiction and reality? THE June 5the film Under the Seine, directed by Xavier Gens, will (finally) be available on Netflix.

“It’s going to be a massacre”

This French blockbuster is highly anticipated by users of the platform. As proof, the trailer has already been viewed 1.6 million times on YouTube.

In this film, a scientist (played by Bérénice Bejo) and a young environmental activist discover that a giant shark is located in the depths of the Seine. She alerts the river police and the mayor of Paris. A statement that panics the authorities, as the capital prepares to welcome the first time the triathlon world championships.

“If we do nothing, your communications operation could turn into a a real bloodbath“, she warns. But they find, in front of her, a city councilor who refuses to cancel the swimming event. “Paris is and always will be a party, a huge party,” she declares. To help them in their mission, they team up with the captain of the river brigade, played by Nassim Lyes. Their objective: to avoid “a massacre”.

What state is the Seine in?

A film which obviously echoes current events, as Paris prepares to host the Olympic Games this summer. And the Seine will be particularly busy with the opening ceremony and the swimming events.

Above all, next June 23Anne Hidalgo, Emmanuel Macron, Laurent Nuñez and even Marc Guillaume, the prefect of the Île-de-France region, have promised to swim to show the whole world that the Seine can welcome swimmers without fear from this summer, then the Parisians from the summer of 2025. The mayor of Paris is already training in the swimming pool.

But one month before the big plunge, doubts remain. On April 8, the NGO Surfrider revealed that it had carried out 14 samples in the Seine, at the Pont de l’Alma and the Pont Alexandre III in Paris, to measure the concentration rates of E.coli and enterococci.

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“It appears that of these fourteen samples, taken both following heavy rains and on sunny days, only one allowed our team to conclude that the water quality of the Seine was even satisfactory. this given place”, shares the NGO which concludes that: “the athletes who will embark on the Olympic and Paralympic events planned in the Seine will swim in polluted water and take significant health risks “.

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