France 2 is broadcasting “Boomerang” tonight, a shocking TV movie about sexual harassment at work with actress Corinne Masiero, well known to viewers for her role as Captain Marleau. But is it really worth a look?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Sexually assaulted by a colleague, a young worker in a printing shop tries to end her life. Faced with the denial of the attacker and the management, the women and men of the printing house, led by Louise, the undisputed leader of the company, will mobilize and will do everything to ensure that justice is done.
Wednesday 5 October at 9:10 pm on France 2 and available in preview on Salto.
WHO IS IT WITH?
In Boomerang, viewers find actress Corinne Masiero, known for her key role as Captain Marleau in the series of the same name which also airs on France 2. On this occasion, she leaves her intrepid detective character aside for that of Louise Falconetti, a busy employee who does not have her tongue in her pocket.
She is accompanied by actress Tiphaine Daviot (currently the star of Detox, a new comedy series available on Netflix) who plays Roxane, the young woman victim of workplace sexual assault. At stake is also Bruno Salomone (available molested on Salto) who lends his features to Quentin, the aggressor.
At their side, Laurent Bateau (Délicieux, Emma Bovary) plays Renaud, the boss of the typography in which all the characters evolve, and they play the actresses Clara Pirali, Marie Berto (The Mystery of Daval) and Marie Hattermann (The place of a other). employees who sooner or later support the movement launched by Louise in the company.
WELL WORTH A LOOK?
Boomerang is a very explicit television movie about sexual violence in the workplace. From the very first minutes, he bluntly shows Roxane’s aggression to the press followed by her suicide attempt. These dramatic and violent events are sadly just the beginning of a long descent into hell for the character.
Throughout the film, the young woman can count on Louise, her chatty and busy colleague, who isn’t afraid to say aloud what everyone else is quietly thinking. In this strong and authentic role, actress Corinne Masiero excels as usual without much difficulty. However, we almost regret that she is at the center of this story as she tends to obliterate Roxane’s character.
Viewers follow Louise who is gradually becoming the spokesperson for the emerging protest movement within the typography where all the characters work. She makes it a point of honor that her colleague’s voice is heard in this company where sexist comments and inappropriate behavior punctuate their daily lives.
The male characters are almost all misogynists in the TV movie, which is a shame in the end. From boss to employees, they form a truly unwavering group that doesn’t hesitate to support Quentin, Roxane’s striker, when the story is revealed. Fortunately, some of them end up realizing the gravity of the situation and join the movement inspired by their colleagues.
Boomerang carries a strong message but is grossly lacking in delicacy. In fact, Louise repeatedly forces her colleague to talk about her sexual assault to her colleagues despite her repeated rejections. Unfortunately, Roxane is never in control of the situation from the beginning to the end of the TV movie, preventing her from fully appropriating her story.
There is no doubt that this show is essential in the era of the Me Too movement, but unfortunately it does not put the victim enough at the center of the plot, once again preferring a stronger and more intrepid figure.