Netflix’s sophisticated French comedy drama Call My Agent! (or Dix Pour Cent as it’s called there), is like a breath of fresh air amid all the costume dramas, crime series and rom coms we’ve been binge-watching this lockdown.
Based around fictional Parisian booking agency ASK, which represents major film stars like Monica Belluci and Juiette Binoche (who make real-life appearances in the show), it’s witty, warm and the city backdrops are as alluring as the agents.
There’s something about watching the buzz of office life, while working from home in leisurewear, that makes it particularly watchable right now. It helps that the four main agents are trés chic in they’re own unique way, particularly Andréa Martel (played by the brilliant Camille Cottin) who’s effortlessly stylish in her ankle boots, Saint Laurent blazers and enviable knitwear and shirts - Emily in Paris this is not.
The shoot locations are equally as cool and even if you haven’t seen the series yet, make a note as they make a great guide for any future trips to the city. Glamorous Cannes, home of the star-studded international film festival in the south of France, also features. But the best thing of all? There are four series, which should see you through to the end of lockdown.
Call My Agent's filming locations you can visit IRL
Situated at 149, Rue Saint-Honoré, a croissant’s throw from the famous Louvre Museum. You can stroll beneath the distinctive arches at the bottom of the building on Rue de Rivoli, which also stars in many street scenes in the show. Interior scenes were apparently shot at film studios in Aubervilliers, Ile-de-France in Paris’ north east suburbs.
Le Grand Colbert
This famous restaurant (which features in season 2 episode 3) on Rue Vivienne is where Mathias arranges to meet his estranged daughter, Camille, and her mum but also runs into his wife and secretary (who he’s sleeping with) #awkward. It’s a beautiful brasserie with mosaic floors, floor-to-ceiling pillars, potted palms, lengthy bar and menu filled with French delights, such as moules, steak au poivre et frites and crème caramel - well worth booking during a trip to the City of Light.
Les Îlots de Chaillot Restaurant
Jaw-dropping views of the Eiffel Tower are a bonus at this restaurant and bar (season 2, episode 1) at the Theatre National De La Danse Chaillot at 1 Place du Trocadéro. In the show it’s where Matthias meets showbiz couple Virginie and Ramzy to celebrate their reconciliation, only to be told they’re switching agents. In real life, this place is a hot spot for brunch, lunch and dinner and we love everything from the ceviche and Champagne cocktails to that view. Definitely the place to book if you’re looking to impress someone.
Pont des Arts
Andréa walks and lingers on the famous Parisian bridge (series 1, episode 6) after being dumped by her girlfriend at the end of Series One. it’s suitably scenic and she described it in an interview as, ‘her favourite location to film in”. Go check it out.
Le Menagerie, Jardin des Plantes
The zoo in France’s premier botanical garden (season 3, episode 1) is where agent Gabriel spends his time wallowing in sadness and gazing at a similarly forlorn-looking Orangutan after splitting from girlfriend Sofia. It’s covers 28 hectares and there’s a maze, more than 23,500 species of plants and a highly Instagrammable building which dates back to the 1600s.
Hotel Barriére Majestic Cannes
When the whole office (apart from devastated assistant Hervé) decamp to Cannes for the international film festival in season 2 episode 6, it was a cue for the series’ location scouts to go OTT. We see the team walking the red carpet in slinky dresses and tuxedos up the steps of uber glamorous Hotel Barriére Majestic. An iconic fixture of the festival, this is where real-life stars stay - everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Angelina Jolie - and parties are held. There’s a heated outdoor pool, spa, private beach and a casino, but if you can’t afford £700 per night (ahem), maybe just book a table at the fashionable beach restaurant for some pomme frites and star-gazing.
Mathias breakfasts at this elegant hotel with Camille and, much to her surprise, announces he wants to tell the other agents she’s his daughter. As they exit another shock awaits when they glimpse the boss of rival agency Starmedia dining with the deceased owner of ASK’s wife (it’s complicated). Built in 1720 on the corner of Place Vendôme, it became a hotel at the end of the 19th Century and makes a magnifique refuel stop between the Louvre and Champs Elysées.
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