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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
An unbelievable tale that uses the realistic portrayal of sexual assault as a plot point for drama.
Positive Role Models
The series protagonist, Alba, is a brave survivor of sexual assault who faces her fears to report her attackers and face them in court.
This is a Spanish drama with actors from Spain.
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Violence & Scariness
There are multiple scenes of men sexually pressuring and degrading women as well as sexual assault. An ominous scene where a drugged girl wanders around an alley where three men find her and rape her. At the hospital, close up pictures are shown of the girl's bruises, and the doctor asks graphic questions. Throughout the series there are also graphic flashbacks of the rape, as well as mention of other sexual assaults, with men talking about how much the victims ask for it and/or like it. The victim is later harassed and "punta" is graffitied on her house. People routinely threaten others and both murder and attempted murder are committed on screen. A man commits suicide off camera- he's shown holding a gun to his head and then blood splatters on his friend's face. A woman is chloroformed and kidnapped, then chained up, beaten, and has a gun held to her head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plot centers around a series of romantic relationships. Kiss and the beginnings of sex between a man and women, with the women in a bra and pants, are shown. Flashes of sensitive body parts including breasts and butt cheeks are shown.
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Repeated use of language including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "bastard" and "faggot".
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are shown smoking and drinking. Characters are shown buying, selling, and consuming ecstasy and other drugs. Men are shown drugging a woman's drink at a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alba is a Spanish-language thriller/mystery series. It has graphic scenes involving sexual assault, violence, suicide and drugs. Adults are shown smoking and drinking as well as buying, selling, and consuming ecstasy and other drugs. There are multiple scenes of men sexually pressuring and degrading women and an ominous scene in which a drugged woman wanders around an alley where a group of men find and rape her. Throughout the series there are also graphic flashbacks of the rape, as well as mention of other sexual assaults, with men talking about how much the victims ask for it. People routinely threaten others, guns are used, and murder, attempted murder and suicide all occur. Women are repeatedly drugged and rapists form an online community where they brag about their crimes. A woman is kidnapped, chained up, beaten, sexually assaulted and has a gun held to her head. Language is common, including the use of "f--k," "c--t," "bitch," and "f----t."
Is It Any Good?
Alba starts off surprisingly strong, presenting a graphic and stirring look at the experience of a woman (impressively played by Elena Rivera) who is drugged and sexually assaulted during a night out with her friend. Repeatedly questioned, doubted, blamed, and slut-shamed, her experience is a believable depiction of the trauma experienced by sexual assault survivors that's almost too realistic to watch. Which makes it all the more jarring when an endless amount of soap-opera-style drama soon unfolds. As the story moves forward, more and more people in Alba's life become, or are revealed to be, involved -- each of their storylines more convoluted than the next. Soon the horrific crime, repeatedly replayed in upsetting detail via Alba's flashbacks and her attackers' cellphone footage, is diminished to nothing more than the driving incident for over-the-top melodrama centering around illicit romances, evil archetypes, and twist after unbelievable twist. This is a show that can't decide what it is, and ends up being woefully careless with such a sensitive topic. As a result, it's too brutal to be entertaining and too ridiculous to be affecting.
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