A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While it allows Elize Matsunaga to tell her story in her own words, the overall crime is discussed from multiple points of view. Family, marriage, abuse, murder are all themes. Sexism is also discussed.
Positive Role Models
Elize Matsunaga is a convicted killer, but is also notorious for what she did with her husband's body after the fact. The Matsunaga family is Japanese-Brazilian.
Violence & Scariness
The way Elize Matsunaga murdered and disposed of her husband's body is a major theme throughout the series. Rape and spousal abuse is also discussed. Guns and rifles are visible, both during discussions about the crime, and in hunting photos. One scene shows a snake killing a mouse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The fact that Elize Matsunaga was an escort when she met her husband is a theme, as is Marcos' Matsunaga's womanizing behavior and chronic infidelity. One interview discusses how he and his friends would score women based on looks and other characteristics. Pregnancy and infertility also discussed.
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On occasion there's a few strong words, like "damn," and some crude references.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Photographs sometimes show people drinking and smoking cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon A Crime is a docuseries featuring a woman convicted of killing her husband in one of Brazil's most sensational murder cases. The topics are mature, and range from sexual violence, sex work, marriage, infidelity, and pregnancy, to spousal abuse, and murder. There are detailed conversations and demonstrations of the shooting death, and limited details about the mutilation and disposal of the corpse. There are also disturbing crime scene photos shown, as well as news and courtroom footage of the trial. Guns and rifles are visible and discussed, and there's some brief nudity. Alcohol is visible in some images, and conversations about social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
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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