I’ve recently been struggling to find a good, binge-worthy TV show on Netflix. Every weekend, I’ll keep scrolling endlessly through the site and find nothing at all. So this week, when the French thriller, The Chalet, dropped on Netflix, I immediately jumped at it.
This six-episode show is about childhood friends returning to Valmoline, a village in the French Alps where they all grew up in. The friends all stay in a chalet owned by Phillippe and his sister Muriel. The episodes also include flashbacks to 20 years back, when the Rodiers, a family of four, move into the chalet. The flashbacks are about relationships between the Rodiers and two other families who are still residents of Valmoline, 20 years later.
No one makes thrillers like the French, but The Chalet was a little disappointing for me. The show starts off with the hackneyed cabin in the woods trope, but it tries to be mostly original. It even has a great premise. But halfway through the show, you can clearly figure out what’s going on and why. It’s only the who that’s missing. If you, like yours truly, are obsessed with suspenseful thrillers, this will definitely be a let down for you.
While there’s no suspense left by episode 4, it’s still an intriguing story. The show has great music, a haunting piano theme, and the cast has acted really well. The story is tied up neatly in the end, but a little less filler scenes, and a little more suspense would have done the show good.
If there is a season 2, I’ll definitely watch it!
Check out the show’s trailer here: