The French have given us many wonderful things. Wine, for one; no one does fermented grape juice like the French. Also, croissants, obviously. Croissants are the fucking best. A few years ago I spent three weeks summering in France and I started every day with a walk to a nearby bakery—there were about six to choose from—to buy fresh croissants, and it was glorious. I later tried to make my own and discovered they are literally half butter. This is right and good.
Niçoise salad. Baguettes. The cheeses: Camembert, Roquefort, Brie and Bleu. Edith Piaf. Jacques Brel. La nouvelle vague: Godard, Truffaut, Varda. Les artistes! Monet. Ćezanne. Renoir. Degas. Toulouse-Lautrec. French culture is a gift to the world. What have we given them in return?
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Well, there’s this French comedy, coming to Netflix this week, about three forty-something women who bed younger men while on vacation in the south of France. It’s called MILF (July 16), after the profane descriptor for an attractive woman of a certain age popularized by the film American Pie.
So there’s that. MILF: The phrase, not the film, which the Hollywood Reporter called a “movie I’d like to forget.” Don’t say we never gave you anything, France.
Here’s what else is coming and going from Netflix this week, including Cursed (July 17), a new original series reinterpreting Arthurian legend based on a young adult novel by Thomas Wheeler with art by comics legend Frank Miller.
Available July 14
- The Business of Drugs — Netflix Documentary
- On est ensemble (We Are One) — Netflix Documentary
- Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser — Netflix Comedy Special
Available July 15
- Dark Desire — Netflix Original Series
- Gli Infedeli (The Players) — Netflix Film
- Skin Decision: Before and After — Netflix Original Series
- Sunny Bunnies: Seasons 1 & 2
Available July 16
- Fatal Affair — Netflix Film
- Indian Matchmaking — Netflix Original Series
- MILF — Netflix Film
- Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Available July 17
- Boca a Boca (Kissing Game) — Netflix Original Series
- Cursed — Netflix Original Series
Available July 18
- Gigantosarus: Season 1
- The Notebook
Leaving July 12
- Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Leaving July 15
Leaving July 18
- A Most Violent Year
- Life After Beth
- Obvious Child