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“Detox”: a sensitive look at young addicts



Admitted to a youth rehab center “for a dope affair” that nearly cost the life of his best friend, 17-year-old Zach (Zachary Evrard) will have to face temptation in love while facing her demons in therapy. 

Behind the backdrop of this new TV5Unis fiction, “Detox”, where addictions among young people are discussed, including drug addiction, cyberaddiction, scarification and emotional addictions, unfolds an impossible love story between Zach and Léa (Zeneb Blanchet, “Larry”, “Audrey is back”). Between them, the attraction is very strong, but the center forbids the beneficiaries to maintain romantic relationships and to have rapprochements.

Created by actress Nadia Paradis, who spent almost two years observing in a therapy and treatment center, “Detox” poses, over the course of episodes that only last about ten minutes, an empathetic and sensitive look at this theme.

If some actors sometimes have deviations in accuracy, most young actors are very good. Édouard Tremblay-Grenier, Aurélia Arandi-Longpré and Sam-Éloi Girard, who has shaved off her long hair, play the other young people at the centre, where the sheets have to be folded at right angles and where almost everyone smokes cigarettes.

The ideator and main author embodies Julie, a worker. Erich Preach, for his part, plays the role of the “cool” speaker and close to young people. Maxim Gaudette plays Zach's father, while Alfred Poirier and Lenni-Kim Lalande complete the cast.

Karelle Tremblay signs the original music for the series.

Product by UGO Média, directed by Sophia Belahmer and co-written with the collaboration of Anne-Hélène Prévost, the series is available online on TV5Unis, starting Monday.

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