Bref. (stylized with a period; English: In short.) is a French television series created by Kyan Khojandi, cowritten with Bruno Muschio, and produced by Harry Tordjman for My Box Productions. The first episode was released on Canal+ 29 August 2011 and the show ended on 12 July 2012, following an announcement to that effect on 29 June 2012.
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The main character is an anonymous 30-year-old Parisian (he celebrates his 30th birthday in the 46th episode), single and unemployed. He is referred to as "I", and his name is never revealed to the audience. His life is boring until he meets a girl at a party who he falls in love with. As soon as the party is over, his only wish is to see her again. Many of the show's episodes are devoted to his failed attempts at meeting up with her or really connecting.
The hero sometimes looks for a job, and finally gets a one-on-one interview in a copying machine company. Despite a catastrophic interview that revealed all the lies about his CV, he gets the job. Nevertheless, exasperated by his workmates and bored by the job, he quits. Thereafter, he works in a call center (Telecom 3000).
He keeps going to a lot of parties to meet girls and has a series of one-night stands. He also has a one-off sexual encounter with his ex-girlfriend and later with a girl who turned him down when he was a teenager. Meanwhile, he regularly meets "Marla", his sexfriend.
In order to seduce more girls, he learns how to play the guitar. At the beginning, it was just a way to hit on girls but it soon becomes a hobby, and he finally performs at concert, using the stage name "Amer de toi" (Bitter about you).
The hero and his brother Keyvan are really close, to such an extent that they understand each other at a simple glance and hardly need to talk to communicate. "I" often calls his brother to get advice or to be reassured. Their parents get divorced because of the unfaithfulness of the father, who had an affair with a student. After realizing that his love for the student is not reciprocated, the narrator's father ends up alone before settling in his son's flat, much to the chagrin of the latter. Finally, the father moves into another flat in the same apartment block.
Keyvan decides to move in with the love of his life and therefore enables "I" to occupy his flat after a catastrophic flat sharing with Baptiste, who never does any housework or tidies up. But fate is not on his side. Keyvan's girlfriend decides to break up, and so the hero has to live with his father because Baptiste has already found a new room-mate.
The hero is still in love with "this girl" (Sarah), and approaches her bit by bit. He despairs of ever making a real connection with her until the day she invites him to come over. They eventually kiss each other. They start a relationship and settle in a new flat. During this time, Marla attempts to meet up with "I", but ends up meeting Sarah. Facing to them, "I" has to make a choice and decides to stay with Sarah.
Over time, "I" and Sarah become distant from one another, and after getting drunk at a bar, he cheats on her. He keeps it as a secret until another party, where he unleashes his anger and confesses his resentment against his friends and finally hits an uninvited guest. He leaves the party and tries to renew his relationship with Marla, but she has already found herself another man. Finally, after a depression, "I" moves in with Baptiste again and resumes the boring life he had before meeting Sarah.
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- Kyan Khojandi as I
- Alice David as This Girl
- Bérengère Krief as Marla
- Keyvan Khojandi as Keyvan
- Mikaël Alhawi as Ben
- Éric Reynaud-Fourton as The father
- Marina Pastor as The mother
- Kheiron as Kheiron
- Juliette Tresanini as The ex
- Romain Fleury as Marc
- Maud Bettina-Marie as Keyvan's girlfriend
- Axelle Bossard as The aunt
- Eric Laugérias as The uncle
- Baptiste Lecaplain as Baptiste
- David Salles as The psy
- Blanche Gardin as Katie
- Sébastien Dédominicis as Julien
- Laure Hennequart as Laure
- Sarah-Lou Lemaitre as Manuela
- Gaelle Oileau as Christine
- Patrick Piard as Steeve
- Emma Chaibedra as Jessica
The series was a tremendous success in France, having quickly reached an audience peak of over 2.5 million viewers and an audience share of 9.5% on 6 October 2011.