Summer begins today and the holidays are around the corner for a great majority. The ideal moment to dedicate time to what we too often leave for “later”: exercising, reading, listening to music without interference…. and see those series that we have not had time. Here is a selection of the most outstanding foreign fiction released in this first half of 2021. Most of these series coincide in reflecting on our day to day and on the society in which we have lived, although some entertainment is also included to disconnect without further ado. Read, watch and enjoy.
MARE OF EASTTOWN – HBO
It is the great sensation so far this year. Kate Winslet stars in this seven-episode miniseries set in a small town where a series of murders of young women takes place. The actress plays a detective with personal problems who tries to solve the case and who faces a large group of suspects who are discarded one by one until the surprising truth is revealed. A perfect mix of drama, comedy and intrigue.
SMALL AXE – MOVISTAR +
El director Steve McQueen ( 12 years of slavery ) is responsible for this production halfway between serial fiction and film anthology that offers a multifaceted portrait of racism in the United Kingdom during the sixties, seventies and eighties. There are five independent films with a different cast for each episode. For one of them ( Red white and blue ) actor John Boyega won a Golden Globe.
THE SNAKE – NETFLIX
Based on the true story of Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman), who kidnapped and murdered Western tourists on the Southeast Asian hippie route in the 1970s. A true crime That unceremoniously shows the rawness of this serial killer who was also a con man and a gem dealer.
INFAMY – MOVIE
Forceful series of three episodes based on real events that led to the dismantling of a network of sexual abuse of minors in Rochdale (England). A controversial case due to the ineffectiveness of the police and the suspicion that the authorities did not act in time for fear of being branded as racists, since the gang of pedophiles was made up of men of Pakistani origin. The series was released by the BBC in 2017 but has not reached Spain until this year.
LUPIN – NETFLIX
This modern adaptation of the classic by Arsene Lupine, the famous white-collar thief created by writer Maurice Leblanc, is probably the best outright entertainment released this 2021. French actor Omar Sy ( Untouchable ) plays an ingenious thief who has Lupine as a model for life and uses his same tricks to discover what is behind the death of his father and a mysterious necklace that belonged to Marie Antoinette.
IT’S A SIN – HBO
Set in London in the eighties, this five-part miniseries portrays how the hardest years of HIV were experienced with the first cases of AIDS. Its main cast manages to reach the hearts of the viewers (prepare the handkerchiefs) by playing a group of young people who landed in the big city to fulfill their dreams and were immersed in an unexpected drama.
THE WOLF IS COMING – MOVISTAR +
The established Danish fiction has brought us this series of eight episodes that raises a debate as uncomfortable as it is addictive: a 14-year-old teenager writes a school essay where she exposes the alleged violent behavior of her stepfather. The matter is transferred to a social worker who decides to temporarily separate the teenager and her stepbrother from their family while an investigation is carried out. The parents deny the accusations and maintain that the young woman has made it up in a fit of adolescent rebellion. Who tells the truth?
SCARLET WITCH AND VISION – DISNEY+
The first series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney + is weird, surprising and original. It is starred by two luxury secondary characters in the franchise, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), who show what their life is like in an American neighborhood through the history of the North American ‘sitcom’: each episode pays tribute to a different television decade.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
Filmmaker Barry Jenkins ( Moonlight) adapts the novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), where the underground railroad that was spoken of figuratively in the years of slavery in America is turned into a real vehicle that helps slaves to flee. Jenkins portrays the past while building bridges with the present, playing between reality and fantasy.
CALLS – APPLE TV
Possibly the most innovative series of the year. Based on an idea from Canal + France, this fiction is closer to a mystery podcast than to a television series. The concept is simple: in each of the nine chapters, each lasting about 15 minutes, the viewer hears phone calls, apparently normal and without connection to each other, that quickly become more surreal as the characters face each experience. more and more disturbing.