Starring Omar Sy, the French Netflix series "Lupin" is a delightful crime thriller.
by Dan Schindel
From Lupin (image
Pop culture loves cycling through endless reiterations of classic
characters like Sherlock Holmes, but one recent update of an old literary
figure stands out from the rest. The French TV series Lupin is a contemporary
spin on Arsène Lupin, Maurice Leblanc’s early 20th century creation which
essentially set the template for the “gentleman thief” archetype. Each episode
perfectly provides an intriguing setup followed by a delightful series of
twists. The thrill of these stories is always when they reveal how even we the
viewers have been fooled by the charming rogue, and Lupin‘s buildups and
payoffs are a continual delight. (The first episode climaxes with the indelible
image of a sports car stuck at the bottom of the Louvre’s inverted glass
The tremendously charismatic Omar Sy has finally found a fitting
star vehicle after years of thankless roles since his breakout hit The
Intouchables. He plays Assane Diop, a master of deception who was inspired to
become a thief by the Lupin stories as a youth. The series follows the various
schemes he concocts as part of his mission to figure out who framed his father
for the theft of a valuable necklace decades before. This has been a consistent
bright spot at the beginning of my year, and any other crime show lovers should
absolutely seek it out.
The first five episodes of Lupin are now available on Netflix.