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Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon A Crime

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sensational Brazilian docu about violence, sex, murder.

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This disturbing series, which is in Portuguese with English subtitles, shares an unusual story about the death of businessman Marcos Matsunaga from multiple points of view. The even-toned Elize spends time talking about her relationship with her husband, and what led her to commit such a heinous act. She also describes what the trial was like, and her troubled childhood. But what's lacking is an in-depth look at key aspects of the crime, such as whether or not Elize had an accomplice, and replaces them with the opinions of various lawyers, officials, and acquaintances without any real evidence. This, combined with the obvious attention being paid to Elize's past as a sex worker, and her husband's womanizing habits, gives the series a tabloid-like feel. Overall, Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon A Crime is more about the sensational nature of the crime, rather than presenting a comprehensive analysis of the case from beginning to end.

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