In one of the first scenes of
The Master and the Blue Music
(Netflix), a beautiful young woman appears riding a scooter through the narrow streets of an island in Greece.
Everything is open air, sea and warm colors.
A few minutes later, the dark image of a man agitated by carrying a dead body
which, of course, he wants to throw into the water to erase traces.
Those two worlds, that of the island idyll and that of the deep underworld where the mud rises up -as the tango says-,
the first Greek series on the streaming platform
intends to tell .
The production, which took place on the island of Paxos in the waters of the Ionian Sea, has nine episodes lasting almost one hour.
Klelia (Klelia Andriolatou), the girl on the motorbike and daughter of a businessman and candidate for mayor, falls in love with Orestis (Christopher Papakaliatis), a teacher 30 years older than him who comes to the island to organize a music festival.
And, somehow, he also arrives to shake the apparent calm of the place.
A love story between an older man and a young woman is one of the axes of "El maestro y la música azul".
hidden beauty and romance
Throughout the episodes, creators Christopher Papakaliatis and Akis Polizos show the beauties of the island and the slow -and stormy- progress of the romance between the teacher and the student.
In turn, they begin to reel off the
stories of love triangles
and families that are often broken.
In this display, the dirty laundry appears.
Or, at least,
cloudy enough to cover up so much Mediterranean beauty
One of the men keeps thousands of euros under some wood in the cellar of his house.
Another beats his wife and is his partner in his money laundering rackets.
The women are bent.
The young people want to go to Athens to get some freedom.
And the teacher also has his things to hide.
One of the problems with
El maestro y la música azul
is that, at times, it is concerned only with the visual splendor of a beautiful photograph and with the music.
By force, he tries to maintain the tension of the story with numerous flashbacks, a resource that loses effectiveness as the episodes go by.
Klelia Andriolatou, one of the protagonists of "The teacher and the blue music".
a common sin
In this way, the series commits the sin of many other Netflix series:
they stretch the plot to the unspeakable
The result is a succession of repeated situations, a voiceover that narrates, explains and tires, and lost characters;
they all appear as lost creatures in stories that are unconvincing.
With themes that are too universal and landscapes that are too local, the series becomes diluted and boring, mainly due to a weak script.
The chosen narrative, with multiple perspectives, does nothing but
confuse and interrupt a certain rhythm of the story
The performances are only correct, but they are not enough to save the European production.
A motorcycle ride through a blessed island in the Mediterranean is a nice plan.
A forbidden romance can be tempting.
Shady deals and a crime add some spice to the story.
But none of that is enough to sustain an entire series, with more than six hours in front of the screen.
Klelia Andriolatou and Christopher Papakaliatis, the leading couple of "The teacher and the blue music".
The teacher and the blue music
The teacher and the blue music
: Romance and mystery
: Christopher Papakaliatis, Klelia Andriolatou and Maria Kavoyianni
: Christopher Papakaliatis and Akis Polizos
: nine 50-minute episodes
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