The main claim of Believe me (Unbelievable) Netflix is the tandem that leads the cast: Toni Collette (Hereditary) and Merritt Wever (Godless). They are the detectives that they suspect that there is a serial rapist in the United States, one that attacks its victims while they are sleeping alone at home and has tied on the bed for hours. But, if you put the first episode on Netflix, or even you’ll see these two actresses as the cup of a pine tree. How can it be that the major claims are not in the pilot? For a very simple reason: the first episode is dedicated to the victim of a sexual assault Marye Adler (Kaitlyn Dever), a girl vulnerable to whom the police do not believe when you tell them the brutal attack suffered while she slept.
This creative decision of Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon, the makers of the series, serves as an example of the tact that it exhibits Believe me when dealing with a subject as complicated as rape. Before focusing on the research, it strives to place the victim in the foreground from respect without efectismos. The first episode is full of silences, while Marie Adler is traumatized and the authorities will listen to their testimony with distrust.
“How your attitude is appropriate before the crime that it claims to have suffered? Can we trust a girl who has spent a lifetime in social services? Is it worth it to spend the resources to investigate her version of the facts?”, she says the attitude of all of them. Taking into account that this mini-series is based on a real case, this decision by listening to Marie Adler and putting ourselves in their situation can’t be more respectful. What is important is to understand, putting ourselves in their place.
The incident took place between 2008 and 2011 in Washington and Colorado. During eight episodes, the trio’s creative focuses on the odyssey, social, psychological and judicial facing Adler, totally misunderstood by her environment in the State of Washington, and the research that they carry out two detectives in Colorado, you discover that there are different cases of rape that exhibit too many similarities. The survivors have different profiles, but all end up tied in the bed, are photographed, they are forced to shower and wash well after the crime, and the offender leaves a stage neat and barely runs.
As a television product, we will not spare even a minute. The sincerity of the first episode, directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Olive Kitteridge) allows you to invest emotionally in the story, and presentation of the facts is rigorous, credible, and addictive. But what is commendable is borne by all the other choices that are motivated narratives but also social. The first and the second episode are used to show the process of testimony and the collection of evidence from victims of rape (for bad and for good). The victims are never forgotten and Marie Adler, when the story requires it, is reverence as the raison d’être of the series.
All of it, in fact, is full of details. The images do not expose the naked bodies of the victims (don’t want to curtail an intimacy which was already raped). It denounces the hypocrisy of a police force where statistically men exhibit behaviors more violent with women. It is shown that the violation does not understand age, beauty standards, or colors of skin: any woman can experience violence in their meat. Appreciate the different ways of being of women: Marie Adler is no more or less a victim because it was more or less able to express their pain in the same way that the tenacity of the detectives does not make them into men (or converts to their partners in calzonazos). And, there is a perpetrator, the plot never forgets that the protagonists are them. Empowering them from the first minute to the last.
However, if there is an aggressor, the plot never forgets that the characters are them, and also the survivor over the detectives
With this dedication on the part of the team, with a Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) in the lead as the author of five of the eight scripts, and director of the last two episodes, Believe me
(Unbelievable) it is automatically one of the series most detailed, responsible and important that have gone through Netflix. Check it out if you haven’t what have you done. And bear one thing in mind: after seeing the first episode, it is tempting to see the remaining seven of a sit-in.