Netflix has been doing a great job lately commissioning strong shows from international markets. Some of them have already garnered numerous success such as ‘Dark’ (Germany) and ‘La casa de papel’ (Spain), to name a few.
This year Netflix has stepped up its game and brought its audiences even more international content than before (who knew it was even possible?!).
Today we are going to list some of the released and upcoming international series on Netflix this year for all you folks who don’t have an issue with reading subtitles – because let’s be honest, the dubbed version is just plain horrible (*ahem* las chicas del cable *ahem*). Whether they are worth the watch or just plain mediocre, you be the judge.
Baby – November 30th on Netflix (Italy)
According to Netflix ‘Baby’ is inspired by a true story (presumably the Baby Squillo teen prostitution scandal that came to light in 2013 in which 14 and 15-year-olds were said to have sold sex in order to buy designer clothes in Rome). The blurb on Netflix says, ‘the series follows a group of Roman teenagers as they defy society in their search for identity and independence’.
However the show has already caused an uproar as the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has called for it to be pulled since it glamorizes the sex trafficking industry.
In a letter to Netflix, NCOSE Vice President Lisa Thompson accused the broadcaster of normalizing child abuse and said there were double standards after dumping Kevin Spacey from House of Cards following sexual assault allegations.
“Netflix recently fired Kevin Spacey… To turn around and produce a show that glorifies the sex trafficking of minors and dub it ‘edgy entertainment’ is the height of hypocrisy,” she said. “There are no ‘baby prostitutes’ – only sexually abused, exploited and raped children.”
“If Netflix executives care more about ending sexual exploitation in this #MeToo moment than about profiting from sexually exploitive themes, they will cancel production of this show immediately,” Thompson added.
A letter was sent to Netflix on Thursday, which was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and was co-signed by over 50 campaigners, social-service providers and survivors of sex trafficking.
Netflix has yet to come out with a statement regarding the matter.
ELITE – October 5th on Netflix (Spain)
A mix of ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Cruel Intentions’, Elite follows three working class Spanish kids who get a scholarship to a top prep school and try not to garner too much attention.
In the first episode we see a young man, gaping at a poolside murder scene. In dramatic slow motion, he touches a pane of glass—and smears blood across its surface. Where did the blood come from? “I’ve done nothing. I want a lawyer,” he whispers to a detective. Filled with blackmail, drugs, class anxiety, and of course murder; the eight episode series is sure to be a hit.
Karppi / Deadwind – August 23rd on Netflix (Finland)
Just months after a tragic loss, detective Sofia Karppi investigates the murder of a woman with ties to a Helsinki construction company. With suspects galore: the dead woman’s strange-acting husband, a slick nightclub owner, and a rich real-estate developer who wants to build a housing project powered entirely by windmills; and photography, with its steely northern light- Deadwind is classic Nordic noir. It is crime-show comfort food, in other words. It’s already been renewed for a second season.
La casa de las flores – August 10th on Netflix (Mexico)
‘In this dark comedy, a wealthy matriarch tries to maintain her family’s facade of perfection after her husband’s mistress exposes their dirty secrets’.
I’ve yet to watch ‘La casa del las flores’ but the trailer reminds me a lot of ‘Vida’ and ‘Jane the virgin’ – the perfect combination of drama, suspense and family secrets if you ask me.
Samantha – July 6th on Netflix (Brazil)
Samantha is a a pretty unforgiving portrait of a woman who found immense fame at a young age and wants to hang on to it any way she can. She’s done reality shows. She’s sung for tiny crowds.
She constantly feels she’s on the precipice of recapturing the stardom that she had 30-plus years ago, if she just finds the right thing to put the spotlight back on her.
Wholesome and hilarious, Samantha is sure to become a favorite for many.