Title: Madame Antoine (마담 앙트완 or Madam Angteuwan) (2015)
Also Known As: Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist
Written by: Hong Jin-Ah
Starring: Sung Joon, Han Ye-Seul, Jeong Jinwoon, Lee Joo-Hyung, Hwang Seung-Eon, Jang Mi-Hee, and Byun Hee-Bong
Country of Origin: South Korea
Original Language(s): Korean
No. of Series: 1
No. of Episodes: 16
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Running Time: 60 minutes
Original Network: JTBC
Go Hye-Rim (Han Ye-Seul) is a fortune teller and cafe owner who goes by the name Madame Antoine. She claims her fortune telling abilities are based on a spiritual connection to the famous French Queen Marie Antoinette. Although by her own admission she lacks any true psychic connection to the queen, she is a skilled cold reader with a knack for following hunches and picking up on details.
Choi Soo-Hyeon (Sung Joon) is a psychotherapist specialising in women’s psychology and known as the ‘Soul Doctor’ amongst Hollywood stars. Although his Stanford professorship and good looks make him a highly eligible bachelor, his past research and life experiences have left him sceptical that true love actually exists. Choi Soo-Hyun moves into the space above Go Hye-Rim’s office and starts a psychology practice where he designs an experiment intending to prove his hypothesis about the nature of true love. His decision to name his practice Madame Antoine leads to a scuffle with Go Hye-Rim, whom he then tricks into taking part in his experiment.
Madame Antoine is my sister’s suggestion when I asked her what Korean dramas I should watch next. Since I didn’t have anything to watch again, I decided to watch it. My first impression of Sung Joon’s character (Choi Soo-Hyeon) is that he’s so cool. He’s such a cool psychotherapist! And then it changed through all the episodes. He is such a douchebag. Really. I have never felt annoyed with the main character before as I have now. Seriously, you will be very very pissed. Seriously. I really really don’t feel sympathetic towards Soo-Hyeon until the last two episodes. He’s just too annoying. Such a scumbag. Excuse my French. I know he has a reason, but still.
“The hormones produced from love are only produced for 3 years, at most. They’re just living off the affection they have left for each other.” – Choi Soo-Hyun
As for Han Ye-Seul, I think she fits the role really well. She looks cheerful and bubbly and I really like her. Her character is Go Hye-Rim, a ‘fortune teller’ in Madame Antoine cafe. She told people that she could talk to Marie Antonette’s spirit, but the truth is she’s just good at reading people. She did it with her gut feeling and instinct, unlike Soo-Hyeon who read people because of his knowledge in psychology. Unfortunately, Hye-Rim was tricked by Soo-Hyeon into doing his experiment about love. I don’t really like the male character here, but I do like Han Ye-Seul. She is very beautiful and a good actress indeed.
The story is good and creative in some way, but at some points, it becomes really annoying. The psychology story parts are really interesting to watch. How they handle people through their psychology, it’s good. I think I have never really watched a film about psychotherapist before. So, for the overall story, it is quite interesting and I have never heard of before. I’m expecting an epic conflict since Hye-Rim was really tricked by Soo-Hyeon, but somehow the epic conflict isn’t coming. Yes, there’s a bit of conflict here and there, but not as thrilling as I was hoping for. There are some things that I wish to turn other ways because I think it would be more exciting. However, it never happened. Well, what can I say? It can’t get everything as I want, right?
All in all, I think Madame Antoine is a good and entertaining TV series at some point. Although most of the times the main male character really annoying, but I think Madame Antoine can still be entertaining to watch.
I give Madame Antoine 7 out of 10 stars.