A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Watch out for your colleagues. Stay professional. Be honest. Don't let temptation get the better of you. Be strong in the face of adversity. Stand up for yourself. Don't let obstacles stand in your way.
Positive Role Models
The police officers in this show use brutality with criminals to solve problems, but they can also act as role models for the young people who trust them.
People of North African, African-French, Arab descent, French, and mixed-racial representations play leading and supporting roles in this French show. Women have leadership roles, and stand up for themselves when their gender roles are challenged.
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Violence & Scariness
Graphic violence includes shooting, beating, wounding younger people, slashing, threatening, shoving, fist fighting, and brutalizing captives. Loads of automatic weapons; some are used during a massacre at a child's funeral.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women's breasts are shown. Kissing. Implied and shown sex.
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Lots of language: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "pu--y," "damn," "hell," and many variations on these words.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and hookah smoking. Hard alcohol and beer drinking. Drugs used or dealt include hashish and crack.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blood Coast is a French crime drama (available dubbed in English) set in Marseilles that doesn't skimp on graphic violence, drugs, or smoking. Coarse language can be detailed and intended to demean ("Go lick Mom's p---y"). Diverse characters include strong women who run with aggressive colleagues in the police force, and don't back down from confrontation. Violence against kids, gory images of people who have been shot or beaten, some sexual images, and drugs make this crime drama unsuitable for younger teens.
Is It Any Good?
Set in the gorgeous, seedy port town of Marseilles, France, this crime drama brings cruel drug kingpins into confrontation with brooding, determined cops. Blood Coast doesn't skimp on graphic violence, but there's an elegance to the pacing that casts a ferocious realism over this beautifully produced show.
Veteran director Olivier Marchal, who was once a police officer himself, knows how to tickle the soft underbelly of crime rings. Highly entertaining, this well-dubbed French show isn't for kids, but it's a decent pick for adults and older teens who enjoy crime dramas with soul.
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