The real-life Tapie may be more or less interesting than the Tapie Laurent Lafitte brings to life in Class Act, but that doesn’t really matter. The series introduces the French tycoon as if he were a completely new character, which is helpful to those of us going in the series blind. There is drama, there is scandal, and since Tapie is so tied to French life, there is also history. But more than anything else, there is business. Tapie is by no means perfect, but he is a smart businessman, and Class Act’s sharp and strong writing brilliantly conveys the addictive highs and soul-crushing lows of commerce. Narrative cliches are inevitable, but that doesn’t make this well-crafted series any less enjoyable.
Actor: Alexandre Blazy, Antoine Reinartz, Camille Chamoux, Fabrice Luchini, Hakim Jemili, Joséphine Japy, Laurent Lafitte, Ophélia Kolb, Patrick d'Assumçao, Sarah Suco
Director: Tristan Séguéla