Criminal: France Recap: It’s A Man’s World

September 20, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“Caroline” finds a woman in man’s world and romance blossoming in the unlikeliest of places.

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3.5

Summary

“Caroline” finds a woman in man’s world and romance blossoming in the unlikeliest of places.

This recap of Criminal: France Episode 2, “Caroline”, contains spoilers. You can check out our spoiler-free season review by clicking these words, and our review of the previous episode by clicking these ones.


Continuing a refreshing female focus, Criminal: France Episode 2 hones in on the titular Caroline, a construction executive who has risen in a male-dominated environment through sheer determination and expertise — and who might have also killed one of her employees.

Captain Olivier Hagen and Sergeant Omar Matif conduct the interview; Caroline, surprisingly smug and pretentious given the circumstances, though likely putting up a practiced front, is being charged with attempted murder.

The victim’s name is Walid. It isn’t implausible that such a strong woman might have pushed him to his death; though Criminal: France Episode 2 reveals him to be alive, he later succumbs to his injuries. Caroline, thanks in part but perhaps not entirely to her gender, has received a lot of backlash from her staff. But she also reveals that the various construction teams, especially when under pressure, become rivalrous. Did one of Walid’s fellow workers kill him?

Caroline’s story, which is on some level a romantic one about a woman forced to always maintain an image being allowed, however fleetingly, to be herself with someone else, is largely about perception; how you see yourself and how others see you. But it’s also about tragedy, especially in the workplace, where pressure and commitments occasionally result in the abandonment of safety and common sense. The battle for balance is neverending — and occasionally fatal.


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