Successful return for “Les beaux malaises”

Those who feared that because of the recent excesses of political correctness, Martin Matte offers us a watered-down series of Beautiful discomforts can blow. Popular comedy is just as creaky as ever … and maybe even funnier than before.

• Read also: The first images of “Beaux Malaises 2.0” unveiled

You’ll find that Matte hasn’t lost his penchant for squeaky humor on Wednesday night when TVA airs the first in a series of 10 unreleased episodes. Episode which will be preceded – with good reason – by a warning for scenes “which may offend certain viewers”.

Those with Sacha, a young professional with singular sexual practices with which Martin decides to get laid, amply justify this warning. They’re hilarious, but let’s say they use language that might surprise regulars at Coffee Camera.

Detail to report, it is Laurence Leboeuf, the true lover of Martin Matte, who embodies Sacha. This is why you will see languid kisses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. When two actors live under the same roof, there is no need to respect physical distancing.

The idea of ​​recruiting Laurence Leboeuf to shoot these sequences returns to the director Robin Aubert (who succeeds Francis Leclerc), underlined Martin Matte Monday, during a virtual press briefing. Aubert offered the role to the actress without talking about it to Matte, known to jealously protect her privacy.

His instinct was good. The result is fantastic.


The beautiful discomforts is not just a series that causes huge bursts of laughter and a few “Well no!” well felt.

The second episode, which tells how the relationship between Martin and Julie (perfect Julie Le Breton) has deteriorated to the point of reaching the breaking point, and how they announce it to their children (aptly interpreted by Émilie Bierre and Édouard Tremblay-Grenier) has several particularly poignant moments. These sequences show not only how Martin Matte grew as a writer, but as a dramatic actor.

Robin Aubert is right to have been “extremely impressed” with the level of play of the stand-up comical. We were also able to watch the three episodes available to us.

It must be said that Martin Matte went to tap into emotions he had recently experienced since in 2017, he also separated after 30 years of living together.

Repeatedly damaged, Martin trying to hang a frame on the wall, discussions in tennis with Patrice Robitaille and Martin Perizzolo, a mother (Michèle Deslauriers) without a filter, a brother (Fabien Cloutier) traumatized without inhibition … The beautiful discomforts 2.0 respects the (winning) recipe of Beautiful discomforts, the original series aired from 2014 to 2017.

Fortunately, we never have the impression that Martin Matte is serving us warmed up. Rather, we feel that we find old friends in great, great form.

TVA presents Les beaux malaises 2.0 starting Wednesday at 9 p.m. The 2e episode will be deposited on TVA + at 9:30 p.m.

Janelle B. Smith

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