Like a pile of white powder through a tightly rolled $20 bill, I was completely sucked in by the miniseries Griselda from Netflix, which details the ascent (the high !) and the fall (thaw!) of godmother Griselda Blanco, the cocaine queen of Miami in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Addictive show that causes instant dependence, it’s impossible to wean yourself off Griselda, whose real, but fictionalized life, arrives in six very compact and uncut one-hour episodes. Yes, that’s the end of druggie puns. Sniff, sniff. Sadness or coke? It will stay in the bag, between us.
Under a thick layer of facial prosthetics, which sometimes look very bad in daylight, Sofia Vergara (Gloria in Modern Family) plays this charming, cunning and stubborn dope baroness, the first woman to pull up a chair – and a line, of course – at the table of Florida’s mustachioed drug traffickers.
Honestly, we binge the episodes of Griselda and we get carried away: no but, no but, it’s almost a feminist fable that the eventful existence of this Colombian, who suffered, then triumphed from the machismo imbued in the underworld business world.
Very quickly, we see that Griselda Blanco, as soon as she tastes the (bitter) power provided by the precious powder, stains her hands with blood even more than a man. In short, the buzz of female empowerment falls off quite quickly, thanks.
This series, manufactured by the same team as Narcos, begins in Medellín, Colombia, where Griselda Blanco, an ex-prostitute in her late thirties, operates a cocaine importation and distribution network with her second husband. For a reason that I will not reveal, Griselda kills her husband and takes off (LOL) towards Miami, where an old friend will welcome her with her three sons, born from a previous union.
Despised and humiliated in her former life in Colombia, Griselda sees in Miami the unexpected chance to build her empire. And that’s good, because she stuffed a one-kilo brick of cocaine in her child’s suitcase, which was not detected by American customs officials. But to whom should we sell this merchandise of unequaled purity?
This is where the fun begins with Griseldawhich resembles a frenzied cross between Boogie Nights And Goodfellas. The episodes have a telenovela flavor, but remain fun and rhythmic. They chain smoke cigarettes, shoot guns in Cuban restaurants, dance to Latin rhythms and get high like rockstars wearing low-cut synthetic shirts. All in a burnt orange and dark brown decor.
The conquest of the Griselda cartel is not achieved without overcoming large obstacles and several corpses. Griselda crashes. Rivals are screwing her over. But she wipes her nostrils and goes back to war.
What sets Griselda apart from other traffickers? His audacity, his sense of marketing and his ingenuity.
To start her “business”, she first pays plane tickets to her former friends from the Medellín brothel so that they can hide coke in their bras and smuggle the drugs, unseen and unseen. known, in Miami.
Sensing the wads of cash, Griselda attacks a still virgin market in Florida: that of white people. The “madrina” – the godmother – deploys an army of beautiful girls in all the “country clubs” and tennis schools, who distribute free samples of cocaine.
Exactly like in a Costco, where they make you taste petit fours in the hope that you buy the whole box.
The character of Griselda Blanco is fascinating. The black widow appears to be both vulnerable and intractable, loving and merciless, devious and naive.
Griselda has a mirror character in the Miami police force, Officer June Watkins (Juliana Aidén Martinez), also a Hispanic woman who is looked down upon by her male comrades. No one takes June seriously when she alerts them about a criminal who is climbing the ranks of the black market for white cocaine.
Pablo Escobar once said that the man who terrified him the most was a woman named Griselda. That gives you an idea of how dangerous the lady is.
Break from The fan war
There will be no second season of The fan war next fall on Noovo. The musical quiz game, modern version of Fury, has been temporarily disconnected. Official reason? It’s not clear.
Noovo claims that Phil Roy’s pop culture set is taking a break and that it is not excluded that he will return, one day, to Noovo’s airwaves.
The first season, broadcast last fall, was seen by 429,000 people, which includes recordings.
Is it that Every second counts by Julie Snyder could appear all year round with the release of this time slot in September? For the moment, Every second counts stick to winter, says Noovo.
Discloser: it was Kim Lizotte who very easily won the trophy for the best player in The fan wara very entertaining Quebec concept.