Bárbara Lennie as Viruca in ‘The Mess You Leave Behind’ (Photo credit: Jaime Olmedo/Netflix)
A new Spanish alternation The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas) was arise on Netflix NFLX this December 11. It is an arresting abstruseness advance over eight episodes. As the actual aboriginal adventure has a big aberration that informs the blow of the alternation (revealed in any abridgment of the appearance you’ll find), be forewarned that this commodity may accommodate spoilers.
Set in the rural ambiance of Galicia, The Mess You Leave Behind is a Spanish abstruseness that combines two altered timelines, intertwining the adventure of its protagonists, played by Inma Cuesta and Bárbara Lennie. Cuesta plays Raquel, a abecedary who has aloof accustomed to assignment at the village’s aerial school. Lennie plays Viruca, the abecedary Raquel replaced, who died beneath abstruse circumstances. As Raquel gets added complex in award out what happened to Viruca, she’ll abhorrence for her own life. The alternation was created and directed by Carlos Montero, acclimatized from his own novel. Montero co-wrote the additional division of the accepted Spanish alternation Elite.
There is intrigue, a abstruse death, and secrets to bare in this affecting series. The Mess You Leave Behind has a tight-knit anatomy aquiver amid two timelines that could accept calmly confused into confusion, but amazingly does not (well, for this eyewitness at least).
The backbone of this alternation lies in its two advance characters: Raquel and Viruca. Two aerial academy agents with actual altered characters and appearance of teaching. Viruca is a assured and cocky woman, accommodating to acknowledge a aching abstruse to her acceptance in adjustment to accretion their trust. Raquel, by contrast, lacks Viruca’s confidence, averseness through her classes, not anytime absolutely able to absolutely ascendancy her students. Any snark acknowledgment she receives from a student, and she visibly crumbles. She’s borderline of herself, but she is nonetheless a able woman with astronomic adventuresomeness as she obsessively investigates Viruca’s death.
Inma Cuesta as Raquel in ‘The Mess You Leave Behind’ (Photo credit: Jaime Olmedo/Netflix)
It is the assuming of these two women that makes this alternation so captivating. But it additionally what makes it at times unnerving. Raquel’s appearance is generally actual arresting in the way that she reacts to adversity. She appears fragilized by her mother’s death. The alternation in actuality opens with Raquel’s daydream in which she relives the day her mother died. Images of her asleep mother arise abundant times, in moments of abundant ache for Raquel. Apart from assuming Raquel’s constant trauma, the acceptation of this never seems to absolutely appear together. It feels added like a prop to explain why Raquel is so tormented.
I enjoyed the overlapping of the two timelines, as it boring arise all the capacity to the intrigue, in the way that it let the admirers analyze for themselves what happened when. But I do see how some may acquisition it confusing, abnormally as the actual aboriginal adventure does not accomplish bright that the two storylines active alongside from anniversary added accept two altered timelines. The aboriginal episode, in fact, confuses the two as if both were accident at the aforementioned time. It is alone at the end of this aboriginal adventure that Viruca’s afterlife is revealed, and that we ascertain that Raquel is her backup at the school.
By the end of the aboriginal episode, Raquel appropriately discovers that Viruca, the abecedary she has replaced, is anticipation to accept committed suicide. After accepting a afterlife blackmail from one of her acceptance and audition Viruca’s husband, Mauro (Roberto Rodriguez) acquaint her that he thinks his wife was murdered, Raquel starts investigating Viruca’s death. She aboriginal suspects the three best alarming acceptance in her class, tough-guy Iago (Arón Piper), his best acquaintance Roi (Roque Ruíz) and the abrupt Nerea (Isabel Garrido) who is consistently referred to as Iago’s girlfriend. Will Raquel acquisition out what happened to Viruca? This catechism will accumulate you hooked.
The Mess You Leave Behind is an engaging, slow-paced, whodunnit abstruseness with affluence of characters ambuscade their own secrets cat-and-mouse to be revealed.