Here are 7 shows like Alba you must see. Alba was a Spanish Drama released in 2021. The show has a great setting, and implications of power politics in the town, but starts off a little slow. The Inspiration for Alba comes from Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?, which has also inspired the Hindi series kya kasoor hai amala ka.
The series depicts the heinous crime of rape and how a victim is left dealing with difficult emotions after the act has been committed. It is a sensitive issue and the worst part is that usually the perpetrators are known to or those in more proximity to the victim. Pulling off great cinematography while dealing with a sensitive issue without overdramatizing or avoiding it is an art in itself.
Here are our recommendations for some shows like Alba which can provide entertainment, and engagement, and portray realistically, the realities faced by different people.
Unbelievable was one of the most popular Netflix shows in its release year. It was based on the true story of Marie Adler. She is said to have consulted the show, but her identity remains private, perhaps for protective purposes.
This show, unlike the usual trend, portrays her real life accurately for the most part. According to the Hollywood reporter, she decided to spread the story as maybe it would help prevent cases like hers from happening again. Rape is a heinous crime that should not be condoned, and this movie does justice to the trauma felt by the victims.
This film shows an angry child psychologist who takes things too far. She is frustrated by child abusers and finds them cruel, and decides to take the law into her own hands. She eventually comes to the realization but only after it’s too late to turn back.
The film has received mixed reviews, some seeing it as a dull movie or a one-trick pony, while others enjoy the dramatic and passionate performance, despite its lacking of variety. It was said to have a realistic portrayal.
3. I may destroy you
The story follows Arabella, the protagonist who is raped when she goes out for some drinks with her friends. It follows her life, very much that of a millennial influencer, as she works on various projects. She becomes an influencer for a brand, and her online presence causes a rift between her and her friends. She enjoys an eventful life and is overall infuriated about her traumatic experience.
Nearing the end of the season she moves on to complete her book and finally gets it launched, rather than still holding a grudge against the offender.
4. When they See Us
“Not every accused is guilty” is what this Tv mini-series tries to demonstrate, it shows the suffering of those wrongly accused, and raises an important question about the mistakes and faults in the judicial system.
This Masterpiece received 11 Emmy nominations for the compelling direction and storytelling by the director Ava DuVernay and the cast of actors. It was based on the events of the 1989 Central Park’s Jogger Case in Manhattan.
Rectify is similar to When They See Us as it features the wrongful conviction of a man who is finally released after 20 years of imprisonment. It is appreciated for deep characters and plot lines but might require some patience to watch. It is critically acclaimed and received a Metacritic rating of more than 80 for the first season so it is well worth a watch.
One of the West Memphis Three, who was also subject to a wrongful conviction and served a large chunk of his life in prison also claimed the series was realistic and a great depiction of how crime and punishment work. The last season of rectifying brought together all the character’s emotions and passions for creating a beautiful ending, and had the highest ratings for all Tv shows in the drama genre.
6. Making a Murderer
Making a Murderer is a true crime documentary with 2 seasons. It is still unclear whether Netflix will release the third season but you can watch the first two on the platform. Footage from police interrogations and court hearings was used by the director to make the series more realistic, fact-checked, and give it impeccable appeal in the viewer’s eyes.
Steven Avery was the accused in this case and he was absolved of his crimes 18 years after imprisonment, this show has received much critical acclaim.
7. Apple Tree Yard
Apple Tree Yard is a book by Louise Doughty, it was directed into a show by Jessica Hobbs and released in February 2017. The series has 4 episodes and a 60-minute runtime, making it a fit for those who want something quick, it also depicts rape and illicit relationships in a different tone.
In the episodes, Yvonne Carmichael, who seems to be quite successful, is shown to have various struggles between work, life, and a romantic affair. As she discovers her husband to be unfaithful, she confides in her secret lover for dealing with being raped by a co-worker for not reciprocating his feelings. All of this leaves her in turmoil. The depiction of rape in this series was highly controversial yet still, the show was liked, if not for anything else, for its different storyline.
You can stream these wonderful shows on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, and all the other streaming platforms and services. Was there any series similar to Alba we missed? Comment below and it may make the next list!
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