Each of the episodes focuses on a particular type of cohabitat (inter-generational, friends and women), from the example of two different communities.
The sub-title of Living together, Of dreams and utopia, is misleading, even if it is not misleading to the extent… In these three episodes, people from Quebec, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany, who have chosen to make their life in a community tightly knit, but not too much, explain how and why they have achieved the dream that many consider to be utopia.
The testimonies collected by the director Pascal Brouard anchors us in the “concrete” implications of the choice of such a mode of habitation, of the efforts and concessions that he asks, but also and especially of the many benefits that accrue to those who practice them.
Each of the episodes focuses on a particular type of cohabitat (inter-generational, friends and women), from the example of two different communities. The narrative of these portraits of communities is fully embroidered by the testimony of the inhabitants of these communities : no narrative explanation, no context more global, not statistics… A little information about the extent of this phenomenon, which we can guess more and more popular in the West, would have been welcome.
This is the main weakness of this series is otherwise a very friendly, joyful and full of hope for those who dream of living well : the enthusiasm of the “cohabitants” is what we hear and what we see interact in their common daily life is particularly contagious. And in this sense, the sub-title is particularly well chosen…
Jane Virgil has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Week, Jane Virgil worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.