The Eddy is about in Paris. Not within the city’s sparkling centre but within the grittier, graffitied margins. The title takes its name from the jazz club owned and travel by virtuosic jazz pianist Elliot (André Holland) who fled NY for Europe when his young son died, and his friend Farid (Tahar Rahim), whose cheerfulness and positivity are in stark contrast to his withdrawn and wounded friend.
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It’s a world of hustlers and immigrants, united by their ability to return together and make music – if almost enough money. There is a little bit of hope, when respected managers appear at the rear of the audience to cast an appraising eye on the talent but it never amounts to anything more than a word of encouragement or an exhortation for Elliot to urge abreast of stage himself and return to what he does best.
His club is struggling. Bands are playing for the half-empty rooms and Elliot has added another complication to his business venture by having – an abruption – a relationship Maja (Joanna Kulig), the singer of the best band they host. Feelings twang sort of an untuned bass fiddle and although Farid does his best to revive harmony, the musicians and everybody else are unsettled and frustratingly – sometimes literally – out of sync with each other. To this mess is added Elliot’s rebellious teenage daughter Julie (Amandla Stenberg) who arrives from NY to spend a while together with her dear old dad, and possibly to escape her drug habit and her stepfather.
The only remotely happy character is Farid, a faithful husband and father whose tender, sexy relationship alongside his wife (Amira, played by Leïla Bekhti) springs to life beautifully in only a handful of scenes. So it’s off a bit with this unrelievedly sombre and melancholic series that Farid is soon killed. He had borrowed money from criminal gangs to undertake to save lots of the Eddy from bankruptcy. In a way, the plan works – a minimum of temporarily – because the club fills with gawkers and ghouls wanting to spend a night at a murder scene.
- Each episode centres around a specific character and their more-or-less bedevilled backgrounds, involving substance abuse , poverty and various sorts of chaos that the semi-itinerant musician is vulnerable to . The Eddy sustains them – it’s an area of relative calm (at least for those not charged with keeping it afloat) where they will rest and gather themselves to create a couple of minutes of magic on stage before the present of life snatches them away again.