Irma Vep is an American TV Drama inspired by a French movie of the same name released in 1996. The story of both revolves around making a remake of a 1915 silent-era serial film, Les Vampires by Louis Feuillade. Olivier Assayas made the film in 1915 and is now making a mini-series with the same concept. Irma Vep Episode 1 got premiered recently and the viewers are eager to know about the first episode of this new mini-series.
The story of Irma Vep revolves around the character of a Hollywood movie star, Mira Harberg who appeared in a high-budget superhero film that grossed millions but is still unhappy with her career. The series showcased to us how Mira found her true potential and explored more of herself.
In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about the Irma Vep Episode 1. Caution, this article will have spoilers related to Irma Vep Episode 1.
Irma Vep Episode 1 Recap
The Irma Vep Episode 1 was named The Severed Head. Mira appeared in a successful superhero film, Doomsday. The film was an instant hit and Mira feels good about that but somehow she is not satisfied. Mira still feels that she hasn’t fully utilized her true potential yet in any movie. She wants to do an exceptional character that could reflect her skills and capabilities.
Mira accepted the opportunity to play the role of Irma Vep. The director of the film, René Vidal was considered to be a phenomenal French filmmaker and Mira took up this movie hoping that she could find her potential in the character of Irma Vep.
Mira was on a promotional tour for her previous film, Doomsday and she arrived in Paris as her last stop with her assistant Revina. Soon after landing in Paris, Mira found out that the director of her previous film, Herman was also in the town with her wife Laurie.
Mira and Laurie had a relationship in the past that didn’t end well. Laurie used to be Mira’s assistant and they both fell in love. But their relationship didn’t last long and the two find it a bit uncomfortable to see each other after years.
Vidal wanted to make something raw and he tried to script an exact copy of Les Vampires without altering any plot in the original storyline. Mira also affirmed his belief. But the producers of this movie warned Vidal about some financial issues. Vidal had some complications with an insurance company and they were demanding unreasonably high premiums.
Edmond Lagrange was portraying the character of the main lead, Philippe Guérande in Vidal’s show. Mira warned Edmond that he won’t force or pressurize Vidal to make any kind of changes to the script. Severine was playing the role of Marfa Koutiloff in Vidal’s show. According to the story of the show, Marfa’s murder was the main reason why Philippe went after the Vampires. The Vampires was a violent and secretive criminal organization.
Severine asked Edmond to convince Vidal for having an intimate scene in his show. We could see that there used to be something between Edmond and Severine in the past but nobody knows anything about their relationship. Maybe Severine refused Edmond to speak to anyone about it.
Irma Vep Episode 1 Cast and Characters
The mini-series consists of a lot of cast and characters but in this article, we will cover the ones who appeared in the Irma Vep Episode 1. Those characters are –
- Alicia Vikander as Mira Harberg.
- Bryon Bowers as Herman.
- Adria Arjona as Laurie
- Vincent Macaigne as René Vidal.
- Devon Ross as Regina.
- Vincent Lacoste as Edmond Lagrange.
- Alex Descas as Gregoary Desormeaux
Irma Vep Episode 1 Ending Explained: Why did Laurie and Mira break up?
In the Irma Vep Episode 1, many would have raised a question mind why did Laurie and Mira break up? Maybe the answer to this is that the two had compatibility issues and that was the key factor that shattered their relationship.
Laurie once used to work as an assistant to Mira before she became her lover. She used to admire what Mira owned and what else she was capable to do. Although they were in a relationship their differences in financial and social powers drew them apart.
Now, Laurie has all that Mira could afford and she has an upper hand that she’s the wife of Mira’s director. Laurie was seen establishing authority over Mira. Mira got uncomfortable and awkward seeing her but Laurie on the other hand enjoyed teasing and torturing Mira. Looking at Meera, we could say that she was still in love with Laurie but Laurie wanted to create a dominion personality over Mira.
What could we expect in Irma Vep Episode 2?
We have seen in Irma Vep Episode 1 that Vidal had some complications with the insurance companies. He told the insurance companies that he was using mind stabilizers. In return, they asked him to pay exorbitant insurance premiums.
The producers were finding it difficult to financially arrange such a humungous amount. We could see a quarrel between Vidal and the producer related to a financial issue. There are even chances that Vidal could be ruled out of this project or even worse, the project could get canceled.
These are all speculations based on Irma Vep Episode 2. The story could be totally different from this expected plot.
Irma Vep Trailer
If you have watched the Irma Vep Episode 1 then you can re-watch the trailer and can predict what else could happen in this mini-series. The official trailer of Irma Vep is uploaded on the YouTube channel of HBO. You can see the trailer and get a brief synopsis of the story of Irma Vep.